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How to Grow Parsley

Parsley Germination Information

Parsley Seed Germination How to Sow Parsley:
  • Best sown outdoors in situ 2-3 weeks after all danger of frost is past in the spring
  • In Zones 8 and warmer, seeds can be sown a second time in early fall
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors, 8 weeks before last frost, at 75° or alternating 68 and 86°
  • Sow in individual pots since it resents being transplanted
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds and expect germination in 15-30 days
  • To hasten germination, soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours prior to sowing. Seeds do not store well

How to Grow Parsley:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves, being very careful with the roots while doing so

Spacing: Plant seedlings 12 inches apart

Lighting: Site in full sun (tolerant of light shade)

Soil: Site in a rich, deep, well-drained soil. Fertilize when plants are 4 inches tall and again one month later

Additional Care: Very frost tolerant, but it is also happy growing on a windowsill

Appearance and Use:

Common Parsley, P. crispum var. crispum, is a biennial often grown as an annual. It is grown for its divided, curled or flat, dark green leaves. Harvest them at any time for use as a flavoring or garnish. Plants can be heavily harvested as long as the growing point remains; after heavy harvesting fertilize and water to promote new growth. If plants are allowed to grow a second year, harvest the leaves before the flowers open. Hamburg Parsley, P. crispum var. tuberosum, is grown for its fleshy root. Dig it in the fall, after a frost, to use as a flavoring or as a vegetable (the leaves have little flavor)


About Parsley:
Botanical name: Petroselinum crispum
Pronunciation:  pe-tro-se-li’num kris’pum
Lifecycle:  Biennial
Origination: Apiaceae; native to Europe and west Asia