Germ 14-21 days
This uncommon root crop is a member of the daisy family and is native to Europe. Provides 8” long, slender, tapered roots, similar to parsnips. Can be left in the ground and be harvested over the winter. As a biennial it produces grass-like foliage and attractive, purple daisy-like flowers the following year.
Outdoors- Sow 1/2” deep, 1” apart in early spring, thinning to 2-4” apart. Germination can take up to 3 weeks.
Harvest- In fall, after a frost. Roots can grow down to a foot. Be careful to not break the roots when harvesting.
Tips- Plant in deep, loose soil and keep weeded and evenly watered. Grows best in cooler temperatures. Hot weather, over 85 degrees can make the roots tough. Providing shade in the heat helps produce tender, tasty roots.