How to Grow Parsley

Parsley being one of the most popular edible herbs adds flavor to many foods including salads, soups and much more. It is also used consistently as a garnish making the majority of dishes look that bit more professional. 

With regards to growing parsley, this herb requires high temperatures for germination. The germination process could require weeks to develop and sprout. Before planting, soak the seeds in hot water for one night and plant in small pots. From here carry out the germination process indoors until they indeed sprout, from here they can be moved to the outside or kept indoors if you wish.

When planting Parsley outdoors in spring time, make sure they have a distance of approximately 1 foot from each other. Cover the seeds with no more than 0.5 inches of well drained soil and then add a further small layer of bone meal on top. The seedlings can take to the outside once they have reached approximately 3 inches in height.

As usual with herbs, make sure they get 6-8 hours of sun every day but also make sure they get some shade as well during part of the day. If your growing indoors however, they will only require 5 hours at a minimum.

grow parsleyHow to Grow Parsley

To get a very healthy bloom of parsley, use soil that is packed with organic matter which will allow you to reap the benefits. Also apply fertilizer every month to encourage growth throughout the entire season. Keep the soil well drained through out summer to ensure that your herbs don't dry out. Don't let the soil reach a water logged state but simply a moist soil. If desired, add a thin layer of mulch to prevent water loss and weed growth. 

Parsley can be grown throughout all times of the year in theory. From planting until harvest, the development time is approximately 12 weeks. However, as parsley is biennial, once seeds are produced, this will render the herb to a plant.

You can dry the leaves out and store in jars for long term use. Their roots can be planted into pots to allow further growth and a new harvest. If this is the case, carry out the procedure inside.

Tips for growing Parsley

  • Using deep pots allows Parsley to develop a long efficient taproot system.  
  • Using mulch will enable Parsley to withstand cold better. 

Medical uses

  • Vitamins & minerals 
  • Relieves arthritis 
  • Helps liver & kidney difficulties 
  • Helps indigestion 

All You Need To Know On How To Grow Parsley

The leafy green garnish, which appears on your plate, is called parsley. This herb is a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C and lovely with fish dishes, breads, and soups and in salads. If you would like to find out How To Grow Parsley, keep on reading.

Whilst parsley is a very safe herb when used in recipes, excessive essential parsley oil in medicinal use may be toxic. Parsley essential oil is not safe for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding and therefore should be avoided during those times.

Parsley is easily grown in either partial shade or in full sunlight. The soil should be alkaline and the pot should have good drainage. Parsley is the ideal herb to grow in your kitchen windowsill. Parsley blossoms are beautiful and resemble Queen Anne's lace. During winter, you can grow your parsley indoors.
Parsley seeds should be sowed in early autumn, spring or summer. Seeds can be sowed on top of the soil and should be kept moist. Germination takes up to 3 weeks, but you can jumpstart this process by soaking the seeds in water overnight before sowing them.

As the plants start growing, you should thin out the seedlings and replant them about 3-6" apart. In warmer climates, parsley is biennial, but in most areas, you will have to plant every year.

Should you wish to grow over winter, your parsley should be covered in light mulch during the colder weather. Cutting the stems off before the parsley flowers, will allow the plants to be productive for a longer period.

Depending on the climate, March of April are the best months to plant parsley. The soil should be kept moist and once a week, you need to water the plants deeply. Moisture can be retained using light mulch, which would also keep weeds at bay. Be careful when weeding, as parsley roots are shallow. You can fertilize the plants once during the season. Potted indoors plants need fertilizer every 6 weeks.

Parsley can be harvested by clipping the parsley stalks near the base. Start with the larger stalks first. Pinching the leaves off will hamper the production of new leaves.

Hot, dry summers may result in burned up parsley plants. If this is happening to your parsley, trim the plants back and water them generously. Weed thoroughly to ensure that the plants get all the air and sun they need to flourish.

You can preserve the leaves by drying or freezing them. Parsley should be used within 12 months for the best freshness and colour.

There are a number of parsley varieties, some with flat leaves (Italian varieties) and curled leaves. Flat leaved parsley is most commonly used in cooking and baking, whilst the curled leaved parsley is used as a garnish or eaten fresh.

Parsley roots are also edible. Some large root parsley varieties are similar in appearance and flavour to parsnips. The Neapolitan parsley variety has thicker stalks and is eaten like celery in certain countries such as Italy and Spain.