Re: Reliable Botanical Resource
Fenneltop, you are spot on. Thank you for the assist!
The information got much better once I stopped looking for “Agretti” and started searching for “chenopodiaceae roscano.” Turns out Agretti is a term for selling immature plant at market and not the best way to find out more about growth habits and needs.
Simon at Serendipity ( http://woodmansterne.blogspot.com) kindly provided the following information about his crop last season:
* if high quality the germination rates will be high, although the seed itself has a short shelf life. He (in the UK) starts in April with adequate frost cover and is quite successful.
* the crop is tolerant of many soil types/qualities.
* you can harvest all season if you cut off the fresh tips and leave to grow.
Other good resources I turned up that are accessible to all:
Resources accessible if you have a subscription:
Barilla (Salsola soda, Chenopodiacae) by K. Hammer, et al in Economic Botany, volume 44, no 3 (1990)
Resources accessible if you read Italian:
I haven’t dug into these yet, but hope to make some headway this weekend. Sorry for the long post. Maybe it will help someone else out there in gardenland!