Ever heard of skirret plants? Don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone, as we ourselves, just heard about this little known plant. But, if you’re a fan of discovering new and unusual vegetables, keep reading to find out how to grow skirret plants and what exactly they are! Skirret plants, also known as crummock, were a staple in medieval times, and were often one of the only vegetables consumed during that time.
The skirret is known for its sweet, edible roots, very akin to carrots. So if you’re looking to add something a little more exotic to your garden this season, keep reading to find out how to grow skirret, aka crummock!
How to Grow Skirret Plants
- Suitable for USDA zones 5 through 9.
- Skirret is a hardy, cool season crop that can be sown directly into the ground after all danger of frost has passed.
- You can also start seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost and transplant thereafter.
- Be patient as skirret takes about 6-8 months to fully grow.
- Work the soil deep and remove any debris.
- Choose an area with slight shade.
- Soil pH should be 6 to 6.5.
- Sow the seeds in rows spaced 12-18 inches apart with 6 inches between rows.
- Each seed should be planted 1/2 inch deep.
- If planting roots, set them about 2 inches deep.
- Thin seedlings to 12 inches apart.
- Soil should always be kept moist and free of weeds.
- During cold winters, mulch to keep the plants warm.
- Skirret is usually ready for harvest after 6-8 months from planting.
- Simply dig up the roots and eat raw, boil, or roast them.
So now that you know how to grow skirret, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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