By geekgardener, on September 19th, 2015
Parsley, known by the botanical name Petroselinum Crispum, is a herb grown for its aromatic flavor. Parsley is used in many dishes and also used as a garnish. Growing Parsley not only is useful in the kitchen but also as a beautiful ornamental plant. Parsley leaves some what resemble cilantro in appearance. The nutritious plant is rarely affected by diseases and pests.
Parsley is a biennial. In tropical places, it continues to grow as long as the weather allows it. In temperate weather, Parsley herb is treated as an annual. Parsley can be grown in containers or out in the garden. Check out this article on How to grow Parsley.
Parsley is started from seeds. They seeds are tiny and are very slow to germinate. If you are planting parsley seeds, patience is the key. Parsley seeds can take up to 20 days or 3 weeks to germinate. Germination takes longer in colder weather and shorter in warm weather. For colder climates, parsley seeds can be started indoors and planted when spring arrives. Germinating seeds is easy if you know how to sow the seeds
Parsley seeds are very tiny, so they should not be buried. Parsley seeds should be just sprinkled over the top and a spray of water is given. Cover the seeds with a polythene film to hold the humidity in. The seeds will germinate in 3 weeks time. Because of the tiny size of the seeds, it is sometimes difficult to sow just 1 or 2. It is common that multiple parsley seeds get sown and later the parsley herb plants are thinned to one or two per pot.
Parsley herb tolerates average soil but it is recommended that it be planted in soil rich in organic matter and well draining soil when growing parsley. Always choose a location that gets full sun to partial shade when Planting Parsley. Parsley herb needs very little maintenance. Just keep the herb watered and the weeds removed. Weeds can be reduced by adding mulch around the parsley plants. If you are planting parsley in a container, ensure you have a good potting soil.
One of the best thing about growing parsley is that you can harvest parsley leaves through out the year. Some times the leaves will start to curl indicating the right time to harvest those leaves. For good flavor, harvesting parsley leaves in the mornings are best. Parsley leaves are best used immediately after harvest while fresh. However, freezing parsley leaves is also an option.
With these tips on how to grow parsley, you can easily add this amazing herb to your garden. You will appreciate why growing parsley at homes makes so much difference in flavor and taste.Parsley is one of the popular herbs that every gardening should grow. Growing Parsley is very easy and it is maintenance free. Less diseases and less pest problem. Learn how to grow parsley and you will appreciate the home grown flavor.Share this with your garden buddies: