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Growing Parsley, also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
P P P P           P P P

(Best months for growing Parsley in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 9-19 weeks. Cut stalks from outer part of plant.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Chives, Tomatoes, Asparagus
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes
  • A parsley seedling
  • Flat leaf  Italian parsley

Takes a long time to germinate, about 3 - 5 weeks before the seedlings appear. Grows to about 20 -30cm (8 -10in) until it flowers when the stems will shoot up to about 1m (3ft) .

The useful leaves disappear when parsley flowers so it is best to have some more seedlings ready to plant.

Will self seed and produce plenty of new plants every year. Can survive snow and light frosts

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Parsley

Use the leaves and stems to add flavour and colour.
Can be cooked in dishes such as ratatouille
Traditionally used in white sauce

Your comments and tips

30 Nov 18, Brigitte (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Is there a difference between 'bolting' and 'going to seed'? Our parsely was wonderful for quite a long time then large thicker stalks started to appear with sparse leaves, no flower heads that I could detect. I cut off the stalks as close to base as possible but more are appearing.
02 Dec 18, Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
They mean the same thing - bolting to seed. If it is an annual it is coming to the end of it's life and setting seed.
11 Jan 17, Robert Anderson (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Does soaking the seeds help with germination?
02 Feb 17, Karen (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I get my seeds on-line

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