Parsley: easy to grow

Parsley is an easy plant to grow and very aromatic in cooking.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Petroselinum crispum
Family : Apiaceae
Height : 25 to 30 cm

: Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Rich and light

Harvest : All year

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From sowing and planting to harvesting parsley, here are all the tips for caring for parsley throughout the seasons.

Sowing and planting parsley

The sowing of parsley outdoors can begin as early as the month of February in half South and March for half North.

Properly plant the parsley:

If you buy your potted parsley, it will be necessary to plan repot fairly quickly in a bigger pot or put it in the ground after purchase.

  • Parsley loves the sun but fears situations that are too hot in the hottest hours.
  • This is the assurance that the plant thrives in the best conditions.

Parsley seedlings:

Parsley can be sown in place from late winter, throughout spring and summer.

If you are afraid of severe frosts, it is best to protect your seedlings with a frame, a veil or a tunnel.

  • Loosening the soil means making it light by decompacting it as much as possible.
  • Form furrows approximately every 10-15 cm.
  • Bury the seeds in 1 to 2 cm and cover with potting soil.
  • Water regularly in a fine rain until emergence which can last up to 3 weeks.

As soon as the plants have formed 4 or 5 leaves, thin out to about 10 cm to leave room for the parsley to develop.

Parsley maintenance

Parsley is an easy to care for aromatic plant.

Once properly installed, it should grow most of the year, but a few maintenance steps will allow you to extend its harvest.

  • Water in hot weather or prolonged drought. Parsley does indeed fear hot swings which tend to make it yellow.
  • Protecting parsley with a bell or small greenhouse in winter should allow you to harvest it all year round.
  • If you are protecting parsley in the winter, remember to water every now and then because the rain will not be enough.

Parsley harvest

Leaves can be cut as and when needed and that throughout the year.

It is better to pluck the leaves one at a time, rather than plucking a multitude of stems or cutting several stems at once with a chisel.

You can harvest parsley in all seasons but it is important to protect your parsley in winter with a bell for example or to install it in an unheated greenhouse.

Be sure to eat preferably oldest leaves.

Good to know about parsley

The parsley is a biennial plant 25 to 60 cm tall, very aromatic when crumpled.

Parsley, flat or curly, is mainly used for flavor salads, omelets and dishes in sauce. Note that when cooking you should not hesitate to use the parsley stems which contain much more aroma than the leaves.

It is also used in parsley to enhance certain shellfish and grilled meats.

He's from easy culture and is fairly resistant to most diseases.

The cook will certainly have a preference for the parsley with a more delicate aroma.

Note also that parsley is a plant rich in essential oil mainly made up of apiol, a substance very present in fruits but also in vitamins A and C.

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Smart tip

During winter, cover the parsley with a transparent bell to continue harvesting until the following spring.

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Video: How to Grow Parsley in a Pot from Seed (January 2022).