Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Salsify has been cultivated in Europe for its edible, carrot-like root since the 16th century. Thomas Jefferson planted "Salsafia" as early as 1774 in his Monticello vegetable garden, and called it "one of the best roots for winter" in 1812. Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify is a biennial, purple-flowering variety first distributed in New York in the late 1880's and was promoted for its high yield.
Loosen the soil to 18" and direct sow seed as soon as ground can be worked in spring, or at least two weeks before the last spring frost. Harvest after frost for the best flavor, and keep in the ground until ready for use. Approximately 50 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Days to Maturity||Size at Maturity||Zone|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||1/2"||Sow 1" apart; thin to 3-6"; rows 12-18"||120||8-10"H||4-9|