How to Grow Parsley

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Overview

Parsley is one of the most versatile, all-around cooking herbs. Parsley is used for flavoring and garnish. Growing parsley is a bit more challenging other herbs, but once you know how, you will have this flavorful herb all year long. Parsley is a hardy plant and can be grown successfully indoors or outdoors. Seeds start to sprout within 28 days after sowing.

Growing Outdoors

Step 1

Soak the parsley seeds in one cup of warm water in a shallow bowl. Because the seeds are so hard, doing this will aid in the germination process. Allow the seeds to soak for one hour.

Step 2

Prepare the planting pot while the seeds are soaking. Fill the pot up to within two inches from the top with soil. It is preferable to use organic soil as it has many nutrients that young parsley seedlings will need.

Step 3

Remove the seeds from the water and sow four to six seeds about one-half of an inch into the soil. Cover the seeds with soil but do not pack down.

Step 4

Water the soil with warm water lightly. Set the pot in a window where the parsley will get at least five hours of direct sunlight.

Step 5

Thin out the seedlings when they start sprouting. Space them so that they are four inches apart. If necessary, prepare another pot to place some of the seedlings in.

Step 6

Prepare the outside soil for the parsley by digging it out and adding organic matter and bone meal.

Step 7

Transfer the seedlings to an outside plot when they are three inches high. Transplant them with some of the soil in the pot, being careful not to damage their roots.

Step 8

Water the parsley on a regular basis without over-watering. Over-watering the parsley will cause the roots to rot and the plant to die.

Keeping Indoors

Step 1

Prepare the seed and pot just as you would for growing outdoors, except with a deep, 10-inch planting pot.

Step 2

Set the pot in a window that will get direct sunlight for six hours of the day.

Step 3

Add bone meal and a fresh layer of organic soil when the seedlings are about three inches tall. This will ensure that the plants are getting the nutrients they require.

Step 4

Feed indoor, grown parsley with a liquid plant food and water on a regular basis.

Harvesting

Step 1

Cut the outer stalks of your parsley patch near ground level to promote growth. Parsley is ready for harvesting when it is around 12 inches tall and the leaves are full and green.

Step 2

Harvest fresh all year long whether the parsley is grown indoors or outside. Harvest often, as this will promote growth as well.

Step 3

Remove flowering stems as soon as they come up in the spring to promote new leaf growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Parsley seeds
  • Shallow bowl
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 8-inch pot
  • Organic soil
  • Bone meal

References

  • How To Grow Parsley
  • Growing Parsley
  • Parsley
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About this Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.

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