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Growing Parsnip

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions

  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 43°F and 70°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 3 - 4 inches apart
  • Harvest in 17-20 weeks. Best flavour if harvested after a frost..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Swiss Chard (Silverbeet), Capsicum, Peas, Potatoes, Beans, Radishes, Garlic
  • Avoid growing close to: Carrot, Celery, Brassicas

Your comments and tips

31 Mar 13, Gaynor Portsmouth (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi Give a go - I have order many seeds from them that I've not been able to get at the local nursery. Enjoy Gaynor
03 Mar 13, Marilynn Bezuidenhout (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
My daughter brought me seeds from UK & they grew quite well after a few teething problems, not knowing the seeds at all. Now I have for the past 3 years been trying to buy parsnip seeds in SA & just cannot find any. Please where can I get & which seed firm packs them? In the Rustenburg area where I live, parsnips are not easy to find for cooking either.
21 Feb 16, Egon Laursen (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi Marilynn You can get parsnip seeds from Kirchhoffs seeds also try 011 7942316
21 Feb 13, ian hurst (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
where can I buy seeds in the western province?
02 Mar 13, Louise (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
For heirloom seeds you can contact the Gravel Garden. details below 208 Irene ave Somerset West
04 Nov 12, santa best (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
where can i get parsnip seeds live in barberton area?
11 Oct 12, Susan Myburgh (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where in South Africa can I buy parsnips seed or teh carrots?
20 Aug 12, Ron Rose (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I live in Louis Trichardt but cannot find seeds here, is there anywhere in Polokwane where these may be available?
16 Aug 12, Suzi (Australia - tropical climate)
I live in SE QLD where we don't have frosts. Would putting them straight into the frig after harvest help convert the starches to sugars to any degree?
28 Feb 14, sandy stephenson (Australia - temperate climate)
you can put your Parsnips in the freezer over a couple of days and the result will be the same as a good frost
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