Parsley

Growing Guide

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Where to plant

Prefers cooler temperatures. Can grow in pots or in the garden

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Sow depth

1cm

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Space between seeds / seedlings

2-5cm

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Row space

2-5cm

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Size of pot needed (width / depth)

20-40cm2

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Seedling Sow Depth

3cm

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Best practice

Transplant

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Germination (days)

14-21

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Maturity (days)

45-80

How to Grow

How to grow video guide
From seed

Since it is cold hardy, and won’t be harmed by frost, you can start sowing parsley seeds directly into your garden 4-6 weeks before your average last frost date, or as soon as the soil can be worked in early spring.

If you plan to start them inside, you should be planting them 6-8 weeks before your average last frost date.

Before planting parsley seeds, soak them in water for 12-24 hours.

Soaking the seeds will help to speed up germination.

 If you’re starting parsley seeds indoors, fill your seedling trays with a good quality seed starting mix.

 Since they can be a bit finicky, it’s a good idea to plant 2-3 seeds per hole, cell.

If you’re planting the seeds directly into your garden, space the groupings 15-20cm apart.

Since they’re so small, you should only plant them about 1cm deep.

To make sowing them easier, I like to lay them on top of the soil, and then gently press them down to the correct depth.

Cover the seeds lightly with soil, and gently press it down.

Don’t pack it down too tight, but just enough so that the soil comes in contact with the seeds.

Water your seeds with a gentle spray from the hose in your garden, or by pouring water into the trays indoors so you don’t displace the small seeds.

From seedling

Parsley doesn't love being transplanted.

Since parsley is frost hardy, you can plant the seedlings into the garden as early as 2-4 weeks before your average last frost date.

Or you could wait until after frost, if you prefer.

Collect seed

Wait until the seeds turn brown and dry on the plant before collecting them.

To collect them, cut off the head as a whole and then crumble it in the hand over your waiting receptacle.

When to Grow

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Zone 1 - Cool

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 2 - Temperate

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 3 - Subtropical

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Tips for Care

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If you are in a colder climate, starting parsley seeds indoors will give them more time to mature.

In warmer growing zones, you should direct sow the seeds right into your garden, or you can try winter sowing them.
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Parsley seeds are slow growers, so be patient when waiting for them to come up.

Pests & Problems


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