This year I endevoured to grow so much skirret that not only would I sell out less quickly but I would have enough to do some selection. I sourced widely for seeds which means I managed to find them in five sources. Poor Sium sisarum, forgotten by many. One of the best is La Societe des Plantes - a fellow vegetable explorer and examplary seed house who has been selecting his best plants to be seed parents. The seed was fresh and germinated readily. I found soaking followed by cold stratification worked best for pre-starting.
I sold masses of seedlings but kept aside some of the most promising so to have even better plants next year!
Today, I decided to dig up two rows. One from a German selection and some from crowded La Societe des Plantes selection.
I was looking for five characteristics:
a. healthy growth
b. healthy roots
c. large roots
d. more than one large root
e. minimal core
The first two criteria had to be met. if no other criteria were met, they were food. If two out of three were met, I replanted in a separate row for winter hardiness and further evaluation. If all five were met, there were the superstars and planted in a special bed. I will also be looking for excellent winter survival with lots of green healthy growth in the spring and a good seed set.
All about growing, selecting and using edible plants in the Ottawa valley.