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Hoffmans Schwartze Pfahl, organic seeds

Eco Heirloom


(Hoffman's black pole) Has been chosen for its large, firm and crispy roots. It seldom grows bolters yielding a long, dark-brown root with blunt tip. The flesh is wholly white and very tasty. It winters without problems and yields fine tender "lettuce" leaves and delicious roots early in spring.A portion contains about 70 seeds.


Product number:4975
Scientific name:Scorzonera hispanica
Botanic family:The Sunflower Family - Asteraceae
Days to maturity:115
Lifespan:Biannual, Perennia
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:April–June
Sowing depth:2 cm
Germination time:6–15 days
Plant spacing:10–15 cm
Row spacing:40–50
Height:40 cm
Plant location:Sun
Seeds/g:70–90 seeds
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice


Black salsify is the first thing to be sown in spring, as soon as the frost in the ground has broken up and the soil has dried out a little. Sow 2 cm deep.  Black salsify needs a long season. Sowing in autumn usually succeeds as well and that is an extra early start.


10-15 cm between the plants and 40-50 cm between the rows.


Dig up the roots carefully as late as possible in autumn. If covered with plant refuse, harvest can go on till they freeze firmly in the ground or let them remain until next year to grow a bit more. Wintered roots begin blooming later in summer. That makes the root harder and harder so do not delay harvesting. The leaves are edible as well. Store the black salsifies in moist sand or peat in an earth cellar. It is used in casseroles, soups and gratins etc. or eaten lightly poached with butter.


70-90 seeds/g. One portion is enough for a stretch of several meters. About 30 g sows 100 m and 500 g (1lb.) sows 1000 m2.
A portion contains about 70 seeds.