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Parsley, Curled
Petroselinum crispum var. crispum

Kitchen gardens always include parsley, since it is required in so many recipes.
The delicate, dark green foliage makes it an excellent plant for borders or growing on windowsills.

Best Climate and Site

Zones 5-9. Full sun to partial shade.

Ideal Soil Conditions

Moderately rich, well-drained soil; pH 5.5-6.7

Growing Guidelines

Sow seed shallowly outdoors in early spring when soil reaches 50 deg F (10 deg C), thinning to 8 inches (20 cm) apart; germinates slowly. Or soak seeds overnight in warm water before sowing in peat pots indoors in early spring; transplants poorly. Remove all flower stalks that form, and prune away deal leaves. For productive plants, side-dress with compost in midseason. May survive the winter, but quickly goes to seed in spring. Plants may be grown in pots to bring indoors for winter harvests.

Growing Habit

Biennial grown as an annual; height 8-12 inches (20-30 cm); leaves are finely divided, on a long stalk.

Flowering Time

Early spring of second year; tiny, greenish yellow umbels.

Pest and Disease Prevention

Follow proper spacing guidelines for best air circulation to prevent diseases. Rarely bothered by insect pests.

Harvesting and Storing

Cut leaf stalks at the base for fresh foliage all summer. Hang in bunches to dry in shade, or freeze whole or chopped.

Special Tips

Will go to seed prematurely if taproot is damaged during transplanting or weeding.


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