Growing Salsify, also Vegetable oyster

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
P P P             P P P

(Best months for growing Salsify in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 14-21 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beans, Brassicas, Carrots, Celeriac, Endive, Kohl-rabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Alliums, Spinach
  • Harvested salsify roots

This root vegetable is not seen in supermarkets but is as easy to grow as carrots or parsnips.

It is a fairly slow growing vegetable but can be harvested in small amounts as required. The ground can be loosened with a fork and a few roots lifted for use.

Scorzonera is a variety of salsify which has black skin on the root.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Salsify

Wash and scrape the roots then boil before frying or roasting. They can also be used to make a creamed soup.

Your comments and tips

17 Sep 19, Mandy Eastland (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Hanna I have just read your post from 2018..about salsify seeds...I live in Mandurah. first tasted this in Germany on my visit last year. My sister has given me a great recipe..but where to get it from remains a mystery. I would be grateful if you could point me in the right direction as to where I could buy some seeds...by the way ..are you still having luck with your plants? Many thanks Mandy
22 Jan 20, Laura (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Mandy, I recently bought some salsify seeds from https://www.theseedcollection.com.au. They currently have two varieties available. I can't wait to taste it! The variety I purchased is said to be like asparagus and oysters, yummy! Good luck :)
18 Sep 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Mike here - go to Boondie seeds website - click on Vegetables - go to
18 Sep 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
go to other seeds, find them in there.
02 Jul 19, Susan parker (Australia - arid climate)
I’m in Northam, Western Australia I’d love to grow salsify. Where can I get seeds. When do I plant?
03 Jul 19, (Australia - arid climate)
It says plant from Sept to March - look up the internet where to buy.
06 May 19, Bill Ness (Australia - tropical climate)
Am interested in growing salsify in Townsville, North Queensland. Is it possible?
11 Jun 18, Gordon (New Zealand - temperate climate)
How do I go about ordering and receiving delivery of the Salsify I am from Canterbury NZ
22 May 18, Roberta T (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Will Salsify grow in SW Florida, zone 9b? Also the soil has natural PH of 8
20 Jan 18, Chap (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where do I buy salsify seeds in New Zealand?
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