Growing Parsley From Seed
Do you remember how your grandmother used to toss the tiny flat seeds into her food? She knew that they would provide her with lots of nourishment and vitamins. For many years, Italian grandmothers would eat the seeds in their salads and cooked soups with little else. Now, you too can enjoy the health benefits of parsley.
Parsley seeds can be used for growing your own fresh parsley. You can grow the seeds indoors or outdoors, but you need a warm weather climate to support the germination process. Single flat Italian Parsley seeds will usually germinate within 21 days! The Italian Parsley perennial herb has a wonderful flavor that's a favorite for both cooking and for drying. Parsley seeds can be used to create delicious homemade meals, raw snacks and juices.
If you want to grow a parsley plant from seed, there are some things you should know. Parsley is an evergreen perennial that prefers a warm climate. Parsley flowers in the spring and will start to bloom as soon as the first cold snaps are over. A small container garden of white and red parsley leaves will provide colorful accents to any garden.
Because it's quite popular as a garnish in recipes, you can harvest the whole plant rather than the leafy tops. You'll have to remove the roots and the entire foliage, but the tastiest parts will be the stems and the leaves. Keep the chopped parsley seeds or stalls separate from the rest of the plant. They will continue to grow and produce new shoots if they are exposed to the sun during the day.
When you get home from planting your Parsley seeds or stalks, carefully pluck the leaves out with a pair of scissors and hold them up to the light. You may notice that the tops start to curl up and the seeds become tiny. This is perfectly normal. The reason for the curl is that the Parsley seeds or stalks are still alive and need to go through a process of germination.
To germinate Parsley seeds or stalks, they need to be kept in warm temperatures. Parsley is not considered a crop plant and it won't grow beyond the area it was planted in. It will produce a new crop each year, so you don't have to worry about replanting it. It also has very mild soil qualities which make it perfect for starting seedlings or for growing indoors. You won't have to worry about growing season either, because it doesn't go through the season, like other plants do.
Growing a Parsley plant from seed will require you to put it into an area where the soil is moist but not too wet. Parsley leaves will wither a little faster in a moist soil, but the majority of the growth will be complete, including the flower and leaves. Make sure your garden is not over-crowded with other plants and that there are no tall weeds close to the Parsley plant. Parsley can grow up to three feet high and as wide as four feet, so it is very persistent. If you live in an apartment building and you can't afford a large back yard, you can also grow parsley plants in pots and bring them inside.
If you decide to raise a Parsley plant from seed, you should be aware that the beauty of this plant starts to wane after the first year. The beautiful green foliage will slowly fade to a dull gray color and the little yellow flowers will die off. Since you worked hard for your parsley seeds, you might as well take care of it during the first growing season.