Salsify or otherwise known as oyster plant, is a neglected vegetable in Australia. It is a pity that this lovely tasting edible root vegetable has not gained much popularity, because the plant presents a wonderful aroma and unique flavour similar to that of an oyster. The young shoots of the salsify plant can also be eaten, as well as young leaves. Scorzonera (black salsify) is the more popular of the two root crops.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Plant your salsify in a spot that receives plenty sunlight.

    Salsify is a cool climate long term root crop harvested as required through autumn and winter.

    Salsify flower buds and new leaf shoots can be harvested as a leaf vegetable in early spring.

    Seeds should be sown in spring or summer in deep friable soil that retains its moisture.

    Seeds need to be sown in rows at 40cm apart.

    Salsify is a long season crop and should be intercropped with the likes of spinach, lettuce and radishes.

    Salsify responds well to frequent light applications of fertilizer and regular watering which will develop large and tender roots.

    Rough roots result from prolonged wet and cold weather.

    Growing salsify will require frequent weeding. Because it is slow growing, fast growing weeds can quickly overtake it and choke out the salsify plant.

    Mulch the garden bed approximately 10cm thick to suppress the development of weeds and to retain moisture.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½ cup (80-100g)/m²

    Commercial Use: Up to 1.2kg/10m row

    Comments: The soil should be worked to a depth of 40 -60cm so that it will be crumbly and loose.


    Stage: Side Dress  

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¼ cup (50g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 500-700g/10m row

    Comments: Place the fertilizer to the side of the plants and irrigate it into the soil.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.