Saltwort - Key Growing Information
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days.
SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Direct seed in spring through midsummer. Sow seeds 1/8- 1/4" deep, 1-2 seeds every inch, in rows that are 12-18" apart. There is no need to thin, as saltwort continues to grow even when sown thickly. Successive sowings ensures a continuous harvest.
Transplant: Tamp seeds into the soil mix or just barely cover with soil and moisten. Transplant seedlings outside when they are 3-4" high, spacing seedlings 4-6" apart in rows that are 18" apart.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Saltwort is native to the salt marshes of Japan, but will grow well in less saline soils.
PLANT HEIGHT: 8-18".
PLANT SPACING: 4-6".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Leaves may be harvested for fresh use once the plants have become established. Harvest promptly to avoid woody stems and prickly leaf tips.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Salsola komarovii