Saltbush comes from all across the world with over 250 different plants identified. Not all are palatable, grow well or are edible. In Australia, it's quickly become one of the most wide-spread plants at outback cattle grazing stations as it thrives even in drought conditions and is delicious fodder for the animals.
Old Man Saltbush flakes
Photo: Melbourne Bushfood
- Cold regions
Part shade/full sun
Planting in pots
Planting in soil
All three species of saltbush (coastal saltbush, old man saltbush, ruby saltbush) are extremely tolerant of a range of soil types. They are tolerant of nutrient-poor soil, clay, loamy, and saline type soils.
When planting, do not disturb the roots, and plant directly into the ground. For best results, aim for a full-sun position, and water with a seaweed solution frequently.
Keep pruned in a hedge shape as Coastal and Old Man Saltbush have a tendency to shoot up like bamboo.
Saline soils tend to give leaves the saltiest flavour.