The Two Types of Parsley Herb: Flat Leaf Or Curly
You can have either flat leaf or curled parsley.
believe that flat leaf parsley has a stronger flavour, but whatever type
prefer (and you can, of course, grow both) you grow them both exactly
the same way.
How To Grow Parsley Plants
As with most plants, this herb likes being in full sun although it will
tolerate some shade. If you are growing parsley indoors, put the pot on a
Parsley should really be grown as an annual herb with fresh seed being
sown every year. It is actually a perennial, which means that it
continues to grow year after year, but from the second year on, it will
have a tendency to shoot to seed, growing long coarse stalks that
carry seedheads. Although there will always be some leaves worth
picking, on the whole it is better to have young fresh plants each year.
Growing Parsley In Containers
If you are growing parsley in a pot, it is best to fill the pot
with a good general compost and add some vermiculite, which you can buy
garden centre. Vermiculite is a natural mineral that absorbs water and
then releases it gradually to the plant. I also like to choose a deep
pot for parsley plants because they have a long tap root.
In open ground, parsley will grow on almost any soil provided it has been reasonably well dug over and loosened beforehand.
Photo: Ryan Snyder
Sowing Parsley Seed
Seed can be sown out of doors from early spring until late summer and sown indoors at any time of the year.
Seed should be sown thinly on the surface of a finely raked soil and
lightly pressed into it. The seedbed or pot should then be lightly
with a very fine spray. Parsley seed can take up to six weeks to
germinate and the soil must be kept moist throughout this period.
For parsley in a pot, cover the pot with a sheet of glass or a polythene
bag to keep conditions inside moist. Out of doors it can be helpful to
cover the seeds with some horticultural fleece.
The main point with growing parsley is not to give up after sowing the seed - it may look as if nothing is happening but be patient! Check here for more tips on growing herbs from seeds.
How To Care For Your Parsley Plants
Once the parsley seeds have germinated and the little green shoots are
big enough to handle, you need to thin out the plants so that they are
After that, there is no further care you need take with outdoor
plants, apart from keeping it free from weeds.
Indoor plants must be kept reasonably moist. Once the plants are half
an inch high, you should no longer water from above, but let them drink
by pouring water into the tray the pot stands in. You only need do this
once a week, unless the soil seems very dry.
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