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Salsify (Sandwich Island)

Tragopogon porrifolius, Vegetable Oyster

Hardy Biennial

 Customer Rating
(Sandwich Island). Delicious, delicate flavour likened to Oysters or Asparagus. Salsify is a good source of Vitamin C and potassium.

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
May, June, July
Sowing Months:
March, April
full sun
    • 1 packet (150 salsify seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 24 hours
    • £2.49 £0.99
Sow seeds where they are to grow in March/April in drills 12mm (0.5in) deep, 30cm (12in) apart.

When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings to 23cm (9in) apart. Keep well watered and weed free.

Lift the roots in September/October, as required, taking care NOT to damage them. They can be stored in boxes of sand until required.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above.

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Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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  1. Now into a fourth year

    By Peter Humphrey 03-11-2011

    These are surprisingly simple to grow, I usually sow the seed in modules much easier to plant a well spaced row.They grow very well in the more shaded part of the garden. Keep well watered and a harvest in the first year. Usually they are left until the following year and let the tops grow to flower stage.I then pick the plump flower buds and saute in butter a very tasty treat followed by the steamed roots.

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