Corn Salad ‘Medallion’

Family: Caprifoliaceae

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Corn salad ‘Medallion’ (Valerianella locusta) is a super easy to grow salad plant!  This is an annual plant that produces edible green, oval rounded leaves, with a subtle mild flavour.

I’ve grown corn salad ‘Medallion’ from seed in a really shaded position inside my Vegepod.  My plants have thrived, despite the fact that they were grown in such challenging growing conditions – in deep shade.  My corn salad ‘Medallion’ plants produced an amazing harvest of leaves throughout the autumn and winter months.  Corn salad is such a reliable and easy to grow plant!  I find corn salad will grow happily in any aspect, from sunshine to shade; these plants will flourish in any well drained soil.  You really can’t go wrong with corn salad – it’s a plant that wants to grow and is content to grow almost anywhere.

In the UK, we can sow corn salad ‘Medallion’ seeds outdoors, from March to October.  These seeds don’t require a propagator, glasshouse, or any special equipment.  Simply make a shallow drill; sow these corn salad seeds thinly and then cover with a fine layer of soil or compost.

If you’re wondering what edible plants can be grown successfully in planters, this is an ideal plant to grow in a container or window box filled with peat free compost.  My corn salad ‘Medallion’ seeds were from Mr. Fothergill’s.  I find that corn salad seeds have one of the highest germination rates; they’re so easy to grow – give them a try!

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