Steps For Harvesting Your Parsley Seeds
How to Grow Parsley Seeds to harvest in the fall. Many gardeners wonder when to sow their own Parsley seeds as they can be found in most vegetable stores at this time of year. Sow Parsley in partial sun or partial shade in containers such as garden trays, small pots, or modular pots. It is also often recommended to cover the seeds in loosely packed compost before sowing.
The time of year you plant your Parsley seeds will depend on the variety you choose. During spring and early summer you should plant your seeds either just before the last frost or on the second day after the last frost. In order for your plants to grow strong they need good drainage and air circulation. You should plan to give your plants a week or so to get acclimated to the conditions before harvesting.
There are many different varieties of Parsley flowers and each one has its own identifying characteristics such as color, texture and taste. When you begin to plant your Parsley seeds, it is important that you take into consideration what type of flavor your plants will have to offer. Some varieties can be quite strong, while others are mild. Most seeds are very fragrant; some varieties can give off a mild aroma even after they have been sown. Some seeds will have an intense flavor and may not be as easy to germinate as other varieties.
To germinate Parsley seeds, you should use a sharp knife to remove the paper protection on the flat top end of the leaf. The flat top end of the leaf will act as a pathway for the seed to sprout. Once the top of the leaf is removed from the seed can be gently pressed downward into the soil. Gently fold in the parsley seeds over to enclose the space created between the two layers of soil. It is essential that you keep folded parsley seed heads separate from actual seed.
Another way to germinate your plants is by growing them in your garden. If you are growing your own parsley then you will need to ensure that you provide a healthy environment for your new plants. Parsley seeds should be sowed in a separate container and the first few leaves should be used to cover and support the roots. Make sure that the soil is moist, but not wet.
Once you have ensured that your Parsley plant has all it needs in terms of moisture, food and support then it is time to start harvesting your beautiful green thumb. Remove the dead and decaying Parsley leaves from the plant. Most seeds will have tiny yellow heads, these are the pieces you will want to remove. Once you have removed these pieces, you can re-seed your Parsley plant and spread the remaining pieces around the garden if you wish.
The next task is to collect the tiny yellow pieces. You should remove any large or hard seeds as they can harm your new plant. The goal is to leave the rest of the parsley leaves on the plant and these will provide the most nourishment. You can use a teaspoon of your chosen fresh herb or you can simply purchase a finely grated parsley head to use as a garnish for your meals.
After your plant has grown to approximately the size of a postage stamp you can clip the last remaining leaf. This is when you will start harvesting your parsley seeds. Place the pieces you have removed in a glass or ceramic container and fill with water so that the water does not stagnate. You should leave your parsley leaves out at room temperature for around four to six weeks. You will then lightly mist the piece with water and allow the little pieces of parsley leaves to flourish and grow into beautiful colorful flowers that you will be proud to display for everyone to enjoy.