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Old 05-08-2012, 05:59 PM   #1
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Growing parsley, how to?

Is there some trick to grow this for my garden?

I've been through 3 pakgs of seed ( they are very small seeds)..

with no sprouts so far..

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Old 05-08-2012, 06:22 PM   #2
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What was the germination time on the package? Did you plant the seeds at the correct depth? Weather, water, soil, lots of factors can impact germination. Mine can take awhile to come up as well, sometimes it's just hurry up and wait!
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:30 PM   #3
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Herb seeds take a long time.
Parsley germination time is 21 days.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:19 PM   #4
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Parsley

I planted 2 weeks ago (In cold Minnesota). not up yet.
Fortunately, parsley is a biennial here, and I have last years up and adequate for the next week or two. Also, chives up and almost blooming. Tarragon, mint, etc. available. Even sage made it through the winter! Unusual. Warmest winter in memory. May plant palm trees!
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There's no particular trick, other than recognizing that it may take anywhere from a month to several weeks for them to come up. They are both, the Italian and the curly, slow germinators. They're pretty tolerant of various soils, but you could mix in some potting soil or add some Perlite to the garden. And as with most small seeds, don't plant them too deep. It's a good idea to soak them in water overnight before planting, but you still have to keep the soil moist around them. And standard for all seed plantings, press the soil after planting to make sure the seeds are in close contact with the soil. Small seeds can end up in air gaps without water if you don't pack the soil.
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You should have a heckuvalot of parsley in the next few weeks, Giggler, with 3 packs of seeds! You may need to thin them after they come up.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:16 AM   #7
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Is there some trick to grow this for my garden?

I've been through 3 pakgs of seed ( they are very small seeds)..

with no sprouts so far..

Eric Austin Tx.
forget the seeds giggler,take a tip from bro' bolas's missus madge.the supermarkets over here sell pots of growing herbs including curley & flat leaf parsley,for the windowsill.she buy's a couple of pots at the beginning of the season,plants them in the raised salad bed & they have more parsley than they know what to do with all year!
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I planted 2 weeks ago (In cold Minnesota). not up yet.
Fortunately, parsley is a biennial here, and I have last years up and adequate for the next week or two. Also, chives up and almost blooming. Tarragon, mint, etc. available. Even sage made it through the winter! Unusual. Warmest winter in memory. May plant palm trees!
Palm trees? Good one Walt. You gave me my laugh for the day. Thank you.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:12 PM   #9
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I've been planting Italian flat-leaf parsley for the past ten years & always have germination in 6 days with indoor sowing under lights - even with old seed.

In addition, I allow my Italian flat-leaf parsley from last year to come up (it's 2' tall now) & go to seed, thus I now have dozens of seedlings springing up from last fall's self-sowing. No problems.

I don't know what the problem is that folks have with parsley. I'm not particularly lucky, nor do I go out of my way to encourage this stuff. I consider parsley one of the easiest herbs to grow from year to year. At least the Italian flat-leaf type. I never grow the curly type - except for frou-frou garnish, it's absolutely worthless for cooking.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:17 PM   #10
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Giggler--guess what!?!
You were in my thoughts today.

I was out picking chard and radishes (that had gone to seed last year--cool I know) and guess what was peeking out from under the straw I'd put down last fall. PARSLEY!!!

Even though I'd gathered the seeds in the fall, many of them dropped. I cleaned out plants in the fall leaving seeds behind and then just put down the straw. Now I have parsley, can you believe it? I almost can't! We don't even plant our gardens for a few weeks yet due to snow or freezing temps in the upper midwest.

If you aren't getting any parsley, I'll lend you some.
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