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Grow & Care - Salsify





Fast Facts




Light Requirements Full Sun
Temperature Adaptations Hardy BiennialPlant between Mar 20 and June 15
Acidity (pH) Tolerance 6.8 to 6.0
Salinity (Ec) Tolerance 1.0 (sensitive) yields will be reduced at higher salt levels
How Pollinated Insects
Growth Habits Biennials grown as annuals


Additional Information



Fertilizer Requirements

Use 1 to 1.5 pounds all purpose fertilizer (20-20-20) per 100 square feet of garden area.

Water Utilization

During establishment, keep the row moist, but not waterlogged. Established salsify require additional watering when the top 2" of the surrounding soil is dry.

Plant Development and Care

Deep, fertile soil is essential for successful production of salsify. Smooth roots are hard to establish in heavy soils.

Sow seed directly into the garden row and thin to 1 1/2" between plants as they mature. Cover with a thin layer of sand or soil and do not allow soil to crust over the top of germinating seeds. A single layer of newspaper placed over seeded rows can be kept moist and keep the soil from crusting over.

Crowding will reduce root size. Check for doubles when thinning young plants. Thin to 2" to 3" apart. Mulch to maintain even soil moisture.

Germination Time (Days)

6 days at 70 F

Seed Germination and Temperature Range

70 F

Common Fertilizer Deficiencies

Excess nitrogen causes excessive top growth and root forking.





Salsify

Tips

To seed in hot weather, shade by covering with newspaper and moisten as soil dries out.

 

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