Early and vigorous roots are long and tapered, averaging 9-11" long and 3/4" in diameter. The skin is black and the flesh is white. Belstar Super has wide upright leaves, and edible yellow flowers the second summer. While the plant is still young, the tender leaves can be used in salads. Avg. 36,250 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.
CULTURE:Scorzonera prefers a deep, friable, well-drained soil. Sow in mid- to late spring in a 2" band about 1" apart (20 seeds/ft.), ½" deep, in rows 18–24" apart. Do not allow soil to dry out prior to emergence. Thin plants to 2–3" apart. Scorzonera seedlings look like grass. Do not weed them out! HARVEST: Dig roots in late fall just before the ground freezes. Flavor is best after several frosts. In mild areas, a portion of the crop may be left in the garden for spring harvest, as salsify is cold hardy. Apply a mulch or row cover in cold regions for winter survival insurance. STORAGE: Overwinter in soil or store in root cellar or refrigerator at 32°F (0°C) and 95% relative humidity. AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 1 oz./120', 8.3 oz./1,000', 11.5 lb./acre at 20 seeds/ft. in rows 24" apart. SEED SPECS: AVG. SEEDS/LB: Avg 36,250. PACKET: 100 seeds, sows 5'.