Five Steps to Growing Parsley Seedlings Indoors
1. Soak seeds overnight prior to planting to improve
2. Fill flat shallow boxes, peat pots or seed starting
equipment with moistened seed starter mix or other sterile, soilless
3. Sow seeds about an inch apart in the shallow boxes
or two to an individual pot, and cover them with a 1/4-inch layer of the
4. Keep them evenly moist and maintain soil temperature
of about 70F. expect sprouts in 14 to 21 days.
5. Set fluorescent lights two inches above the newly
opened leaves, adjusting them to maintain this distance above the top
leaves of the seedlings as they grow for 4 to 6 weeks
Planting Parsley in Containers
Parsley grows happily in a container alone, with other
herbs or with flowers, as long as it gets enough sun. Use one that is 12
inches or deeper. Be sure it has drainage holes. Fill it with moistened
soilless potting mix to within 2 inches of its top. Mix in some granular
slow-acting fertilizer or plan to water plants once a month with a dilute
general purpose liquid fertilizer. Water often to prevent container plants
from drying out during hot summer days.
Harvesting & Storing Parsley
Begin harvesting parsley when it produces leaf stems with three
segments. Harvest the larger leaves at the outside of the plant first,
leaving the new, interior shoots
to mature. To encourage bushier parsley plants pick only the middle leaf
segment of each main leaf stem.
Store freshly picked, moistened sprigs in the
refrigerator in a plastic bag for 2 weeks. Freeze chopped leaves in
plastic bags or blended in water or meat or vegetable stock and frozen in
an ice cube tray up to 6 months. Parsley also dries well in a regular or
microwave oven, although it loses some flavour. Store dried parsley in an
air-tight jar for up to a year.
Parsleyworm: Friend or Foe?
Parselyworms are large, strikingly coloured 2-inch
caterpillars. Green with yellow-dotted black bands across each segment,
they emit an odour and project orange horns when startled. They feed
voraciously on parsley foliage, leaving only bare stems.
Before destroying a parsleyworm, be aware that it is
the larvae of the black swallowtail butterfly. To preserve both it and
your parsley move it to another member of the parsley family that you can
spare, such as carrot, dill, parsnips, or the common weed, Queen Anne’s
Source: The National Garden Bureau
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