Corn Salad Seeds
USDA Zones: 5 - 10
Height: 12 inches
Bloom Season: Early spring to early fall
Bloom Color: White
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Fairly rich, light, loamy soil
Temperature: 55 - 65F
Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
Light Required: No
Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch
Sowing Rate: 35 to 50 seeds per foot in rows 12 inches apart
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 3 - 6 inches in rows 12 inches apart
Corn Salad (Valerianella Locusta) - Corn Salad seeds were often found growing in the wild and found in the grain fields of Europe. Once considered to be rather weedy, it now has improved cultivars and is grown throughout Europe and North America for an early spring nutritious herb. Corn Salad, also called Mache, grows from a basal rosette of rounded, spoon-shaped leaves. The succulent leaves that can be 6 inches long have a nutty, sweet flavor that is excellent in tossed green salads. The Mache herb is a nutritious addition to grow in the herb garden with leaves that provide vitamins and minerals, especially iron.
Corn Salad herb plants are easy to grow and require little care. It is a cool season annual, and it bolts once temperatures are above 80F. Corn Salad plants can tolerate frost and they can winter over especially if given some mulch for protection.
How To Grow Corn Salad: For warmer climates, it is recommended to start the Corn Salad seeds directly outdoors in early fall. The plants will put on some growth throughout the fall, but when the spring comes it will be bountiful and will be an early source for fresh greens. For cold climates, start the Mache herb seeds outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked in late winter or early spring. Plant the herb seeds in soil that is rich in organic matter.