The Joys of Parsley Seeds!
Parsley is an herb with a background similar to that of Rosemary. Both herbs originate from the Mediterranean and have gray, green leaves. Parsley's scent is not like that of Rosemary. It has a fresh and herbaceous smell. It can either be eaten fresh or added to food as a garnish.
Like many other herbs, parsley is able to be grown both indoor and in the garden. Parsley seeds are sown directly to the soil in the fall once the ground can be worked in the fall, but they can also be started indoors six months prior to moving outdoors to the garden as parsley has an extremely slow germination rate of only three to four weeks or so. Parsley germination is very high in late summer through early fall, but if kept warm and damp it will germinate in early winter. Parsley flowers in autumn and starts growing berries in spring. The main difference between a perennial and annual plant is that perennials grow back once the winter frost has disappeared, whereas annuals need to be replanted each year.
For maximum health benefits of your plants, you should try to grow your parsley seeds indoors throughout the year, but in varying climates. The ideal planting time is early spring through late fall. Parsley seeds germinate best when they are planted in full sun but will tolerate some shade.
If you are not sure what kind of parsley to the plant, look for flat, dry, green Parsley leaves. It should be an upright stem. Parsley leaves may appear blue and glossy when new but will quickly turn to yellow and then brown if not properly maintained. Parsley leaves are high in chlorophyll (a natural source of vitamin C) and contain lots of carotene, which converts to vitamin A.
When you buy Parsley, be sure to check for a quality container that has been made from glass, ceramic, or plastic and that it does not have a tightly packed bottom. This can cause the Parsley seeds to break free of the roots and die. When you purchase your Parsley, look for loose clusters rather than chopped leaves since chopped leaves can take several weeks to settle down. Buy your Parsley from a well-known store, where it is packaged in its own basket or Tupperware dish for ease of transportation.
To grow parsley successfully, you must give it plenty of room to grow roots. Parsley plants need a minimum of one foot of open space for each gallon of water they require. Parsley is a perennial bulb, so you should dig the hole the first year and just keep it as it is during the following year. The first year, you will need to repeat it every few months and then repot every six months thereafter, or else the new roots will take over the old root system of the plant, killing it.
Growing your own parsley plant is quite simple. It does well in most areas except the extremely hot South and Northwest, where it is often not found at all. It likes full sun but can handle partial shade too, provided it is always given full sun during its growing season.
When you buy your Parsley seeds, be sure to inspect them carefully to make sure they are fresh and have not been stored at night for any length of time before you plant them. If you store them, you will find that they dry out more quickly and lose their crisp, fresh taste. Parsley leafy vegetables usually do best when they are just kept in pots on a sunny windowsill, as they tend to be eaten up quickly. If you want to be able to harvest your garden easily, then you could grow Parsley in a hoop garden and just pull them out when they are overgrown!