How To Grow Parsley With Ease
Parsley has a reputation as one of the most healthy herbs. It can be used fresh or added to cooking to enhance its flavor. Many people enjoy cooking with parsley and some would even consider growing their own. Parsley is a perennial herb that grows to about three feet tall, but can be maintained and grown year-round if you provide a good growing environment.
Parsley seeds require a temperature of approximately 20C for best germination. They do not do well in cold temperatures, so they will typically germinate better in the summer months. Most gardeners find that they can achieve some success in growing their plants in the winter months with a cold frame. Sow parsley seeds indoors in plastic pots or wooden modular trays of moist seed compost in the late spring to early summer. It's often recommended that you soak the seeds just prior to sowing to make sure that they germinate properly.
Parsley is a perennial that will grow to about three feet tall, so it's very adaptable. The ideal growing conditions are a sunny location, such as a shaded patio or balcony, a warm sunny window, and high, but not very near sunlight, soil with well-drained conditions. Parsley seeds will germinate just about any type of plant. In fact, Parsley is rarely affected by disease or insect infestations.
Growing Parsley is very simple. It needs full sunlight throughout the growing season; however, during the fall and winter months, it prefers to be in partial shade. Parsley is not a fussy herb and likes a lot of room to grow. If you live in an apartment or a house with a lot of windows, you can grow a huge bunch and stake them up for the winter. Parsley makes the perfect garnish for almost any dish, and its aromatic properties, coupled with its crisp, lemony flavor, make this herb a fantastic addition to your cuisine.
Planting Tips: To get the best results from growing Parsley, keep in mind that it needs full sun to thrive. Parsley seeds don't like shade, and if you grow them in full sun you can expect germination sooner. This doesn't mean though that you should plant your seeds straight out of the ground. Parsley likes to have about an inch of moisture on it at all times, and you'll notice that it thrives best in a mixture of loam, soil, and fertilizer. Parsley seeds are very easy to grow, but it takes some work to prepare the soil and get your plant growing optimally.
Parsley Growth Cycle: Parsley plants go through four main growth phases during their growing season, which range from a few short blooms in late summer, to perennial leaves that grow all year, to a fern-like plant with a strong root system that sprouts new leaves all over again in fall. There are certain tricks you can use to speed up the growth cycle, though. One of the best things you can do to accelerate growth is to divide your plants into two groups, one group getting full sun and using artificial light, while the other group gets partial shade and grows mainly with the help of the greenhouse. Doing this will increase the time between each set of blooms.
The Key to Growing Parsley Seeds: You can also make your seeds sprout earlier by starting them in shallow containers. For best result, let your seeds soak in water every day, but don't drown them. The last thing you want to do is drown your seedlings during their growing season, which can retard their germination.
A Brief Introduction to Parsley For the beginner, it is easy to grow parsley with the use of pots and containers. Parsley flowers well in a pot, especially when you plant seeds indoors or in a cold frame. Parsley seeds should be planted in loose soil so they have room to grow. Keep in mind that growing parsley means providing your plants with lots of nutrients; so make sure you replenish the soil each year. If you live in a colder climate, make sure to mulch your plants and use mulch that contains copper or zinc to help the leaves absorb heat and retain moisture.