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Growing Parsley, also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Parsley in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 9-19 weeks. Cut stalks from outer part of plant.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Chives, Tomatoes, Asparagus
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes
  • A parsley seedling
    A parsley seedling
  • Flat leaf  Italian parsley
    Flat leaf Italian parsley

Takes a long time to germinate, about 3 - 5 weeks before the seedlings appear. Grows to about 20 -30cm (8 -10in) until it flowers when the stems will shoot up to about 1m (3ft) .

The useful leaves disappear when parsley flowers so it is best to have some more seedlings ready to plant.

Will self seed and produce plenty of new plants every year. Can survive snow and light frosts

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Parsley

Use the leaves and stems to add flavour and colour.
Can be cooked in dishes such as ratatouille
Traditionally used in white sauce

Your comments and tips

06 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am no expert and have usually grown most things from seedlings. Last year I started trying to grow a lot more from seed. I had a couple of parsley plants from seeds last year. My experimenting has lead to this practice. I made a 1m stand at the back of my shed - on the north side. I have 4 Styrofoam boxes on it. I fill the boxes with a mix of sand soil and compost etc. I then put some good really munched up potting mix on the top (about 25cm) - it is quite fine nearly like rough sand/soil. I plant my seeds and then put some more potting mix on top. I have enclosed the whole thing with shade cloth - about 600mm above the boxes to just blow the box bottom (keeps the birds out and provides shade - cooling in hot weather at the moment). I have set up a spray line above the boxes. I plant the seeds and just put the spray line on for 15-20 seconds a day. I have about 80-90% germination of white onion, leeks and red onions in the last 2 weeks or so. The points from above - keep soil moist and cool and don't disturb the soil and water with heavy watering.
31 Dec 17, Trudi (Australia - temperate climate)
Can you freeze parsley
04 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try doing it - put into a few bundles and say try using it after a week - a fortnight and a month.
04 Jan 18, Lloyd (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Yes. Wash it first. Let it dry. Take the leaves off the stems. put it through a kitchen whiz. Store in airtight containers in the freezer. When required for soups etc,.scrape the parsley directly into the soup.
27 Dec 17, Thabani Mazibuko (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
what other cultivars of parsley beside; flat leaf variety and curley leaf variety that can grow well in Southern Africa? where can i get at least four(4) of the parley varieties to research on
24 Sep 17, Arthur (Australia - temperate climate)
When's the best time to sow seed into ground for a winter crop of parsley
07 Mar 17, Richard Dinkha (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
When is the best time to grow the Italian Parsley?.
08 Mar 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Parsley seed can be sown any time between September and May. Curly and Italian (flat leaved) parsley are variations of the same plant. Seeds are slow to germinate and can take 3-5 weeks. Refer to the Gardenate Planting Guide for more details. Parsley is a biennial which means it has a two year life cycle. In the second year it will flower and seed. let one plant go to seed and drop its seed. you will end up with many seedlings as replacements. Trust this helps.
11 Jan 17, Robert Anderson (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Does soaking the seeds help with germination?
02 Feb 17, Karen (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I get my seeds on-line
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why is my Italian flat leaf parsley plant not from seeds looking pale green and red around leaf edges and can I put season.

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