Growing Scorzonera (Black Salsify) - Benefits and Instructions


Benefits of Growing Scorzonera

  • Medicinal- Scorzonera can help boost the immune system,  improve digestion, regulate blood pressure, maintain bone health,  improve brain health and the active antioxidants are effective in reducing a variety of carcinogens.  
  • Nutritional Profile - Protein, fiber, inulin, calcium, copper, iron.
  • Use in: Salads,soups, roasted, braised, mashed
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Growing Instructions 


Sun Exposure: Full sun, but will tolerate shade.
Soil: Prefers light sandy soil that is slightly alkaline with a pH of 7.0
Moisture: Frequent and consistent watering all season. If it gets too dry the root becomes fibrous
Planting: Direct plant once the last frost has passed and the soil is workable. If you choose to start your plants indoors, then do so about 6 to 8 weeks before your chosen transplant date. After transplant, weed carefully, as scorzonera looks just like grass until it begins to mature.
Spacing: Plant 4 inches apart. You can plant closer and thin the seeds out later to ensure a good number of germinations.
Sow seeds: Plant seeds 1⁄2 inch deep 



Leave some scorzonera roots in the soil to take advantage of it as a perennial vegetable. Harvest the majority of your crop after the recommended 120 days to maturity. Note that if you allow your black salsify to grow a little while longer, their flavor will improve exponentially.


Store these lovely roots with their peels intact, in a cool, dry area. Like other root vegetables, they can be packed in straw or sand for long-term storage. These are perfect to store in cold cellars or basement pantries, provided that these rooms aren’t too humid.


Carrots, thyme, rosemary, sage, potatoes, turnips, bean, spinach. Scorzonera grows best next to white salsify.

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