How to Grow Parsnips, Carrots, and Parsnip Seeds

Many gardeners are puzzled when it comes to growing their own parsnips. Parsnips can be very difficult to grow from seed, but many gardeners have learned tricks to help them grow parsnips successfully from cuttings. Often gardeners will save cuttings stem to use for future crops, such as their vegetable garden plants. This works well if you grow the plants from cuttings, but not if you plan on planting them in the garden right away. Below are some suggestions to help you grow parsnips from cuttings.

Parsnip seeds

If you do save a cutting of a parsnip plant from the garden, you should keep the paper or tissue paper covered so that moisture doesn't evaporate from the material. Most seeds don't germinate until they are about 2 weeks old, so don't keep the paper moist before you see the first seedling growing. Once you find the first one, you should move it to a spot that gets at least six hours of sun, but that's a bit over for most southern gardens. Overcast days reduce the chances that seedlings will sprout successfully.

It is possible to get great results with Parsnip seeds sown at the nursery, but you'll have to be quick because these plants are slow-growing. They will need to be planted in spring, just before the start of summer, or after the last frost. The reason is that cold temperatures kill most of the roots, so moving them indoors during the winter could be difficult.

If you are willing to wait for the Parsnip seeds to germinate in the fall, you'll find they are available at many nurseries. Saving seed can be done by buying small containers, or by making an arrangement in a large container. Either way, be sure the container has plenty of drainage to avoid mold or rotting. If you buy containers, check the inside to make sure there is no mold. You can also put a small saucer inside so you won't have to continually clean up messes on the outside.

Parsnip seedlings take a long time to grow, so patience is definitely required. If you are new to vegetable gardening, this is a great time to start out with starter plants. However, seed saving is not an option once you have your plants established. It's important that you have a good quality soil with good germination so your plants can grow healthy and produce tasty fresh produce year round.

There are many common pests in gardens, including spider mites, whiteflies, caterpillars and aphids. A common pest that is difficult to get rid of is the spider mite. To keep them at bay, apply a sprout treatment containing diatomaceous earth. This chemical is very effective in controlling their population. You can also purchase products that are specifically designed for the removal of spider mites from parsnips seeds.

Another problem encountered with growing parsnips is the presence of unwanted root structures. These root structures can encroach upon your vegetable garden and cause your plants to become disease plagued. In order to control this occurrence, simply thin your plant roots prior to planting. Be careful not to damage your plants though, as it could easily result in them dying. If you are unsure how to thin your plants properly, talk with a local gardener.

When you plant your parsnips, you will have to provide them with adequate drainage. You can achieve this through excavating the area beneath the root systems and carefully removing any grass or weeds that might be in there. Providing your plants with an extra growing space underneath the ground will help them escape any soil compaction. Be sure to check on your carrots every few weeks to check for damage or if you notice your parsnips have become sparse, cut them back to desired heights. Finally, be sure to water your vegetables properly, as they will not grow properly if they are over-watered.