Parsnip seeds, a perennial plant native to Europe and Asia, is becoming more popular in gardens all over the world. Its yellow blooms are fragrant, and it can be used as a spice or vegetable. It grows easily, developing a deep green top and a gray-green underside. Because of its very short life cycle (about two years), the plant is a perennial and needs to be seeded every two or three years. For the best results, plant All American Parsnip seedlings directly into an outdoor garden.
Planting Methods: Before planting, soak selected seeds in dew for a few hours to soften the soil. Then, plant them directly into your garden. Be sure to spread the roots of your chosen variety as far as possible; the deeper the roots, the more heat they will need to survive. If you have chosen to interplant your Parsnip with other flowers, be sure to follow the directions on the plants for the depth of rooting.
The best way to plant your New England Parsnip variety is in beds or containers. Direct planting of new growth is the easiest method of propagation. Keep in mind that young seedlings cannot root in cold soil, so you may have to add a shallow spray of fertilizer to thicken the soil. Once your plant starts to appear, it will thrive. In no time at all, you will be enjoying delicious parsnip seeds at home.
How to Sow Parsnip Seeds: When the weather begins to get warmer, it is time to sow new Parsnip plants. Prepare a thick bedding of material that will allow the roots to develop deep. Choose a location on your garden that has been cleared of any brush or weeds. Make sure that there are no overhanging branches that could damage your plants. Once you have located a good spot, dig up all of the soil around the plant and add it to your compost pile. Compost should be added several times over the summer to help the young seedlings get started.
When choosing which Parsnip variety you will grow, you must consider the type of tree it grows most in. Most prefer full sun exposure, so make sure you are planting in a well drained environment. For tall specimens, you should dig a hole two feet deep and about four feet wide. Do not keep your Parsnip roots in the hole throughout the growing season. Remove the plant from the hole once it has sprouted two or three new leaves.
If you live in an area that gets a lot of frost, you might want to try to germinate your Parsnip seeds indoors. Plant them in a shallow container with peat moss or vermiculite. Water will be required, but not as much as it would be for a plant that is planted in full sun. Parsnip roots can rot if they are left in the soil for too long. Also, keep in mind that Parsnip seeds will not germinate if the temperatures are very cold during the winter.
One of the easiest ways to germinate your Parsnip seeds is by switching the soil each year. Keep your plants pots in the same place each year, but mix up the dirt. Mix the top soil (also called peat) with some nursery soil, then add some fertilizer. This will aid in improving the root system. After the initial introduction of chemicals, you can simply keep your plants pots in the same place, but just change the peat annually. Do not overwater the plant as it will stress the roots and affect germination.
Another method of spacing your seeds is to use a spading fork. To use this tool, dig a hole that is one foot smaller than the width of the pot containing your seeds. Then place the fork in the hole and gradually back the soil away from the roots. Keep in mind that you do not want to let the fork dig too deep, as it will only damage the roots. Once the fork has reached about a foot from the ground, start backfilling the hole with soil and spread out your new plant.