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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

27 Oct 13, barb gilbert (Canada - Zone 6a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
My parsnips taste great. However they are about 3 inches across and 3 inches long. Then this is where it gets strange There is all these 3 or 4 inches long about 1/2 inch around shoots coming off it. What went wrong?
29 May 16, tash (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
possibly too much nutrient in the soil. with carrots if they are over fertilised they dont have to send their root down as far to collect nutrients and so tend to grow outwards to collect nutrients fed from above... try growing them in a bed after a heavy feeder perhaps...
20 Jul 13, Chris Rault (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Those looking for Parsnip seeds, checkout these sites: I placed an order on Organic Seeds and Seeds for Africa on Monday and both orders arrived yesterday :) Yay for Parsnips!
29 Mar 13, Anne (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
I love Parsnips but have found that one is unable to buy the seed in SA except maybe at a farmers coop in bulk I have family in the UK and have had them send me seeds but am told the seeds do not have a long shelf life so best to let one or two go to seed and replant from them.
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?
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