multiple growths, multiple problems

walkie74March 29, 2014

Hi guys,

I'm currently growing parsley in a grow box, along with tomato and hot pepper seedlings. I've got 4 9w bulbs as grow lights (I can go up to six), and the ambient temp is around 80 in the box. I have fans I can connect, if needed, and I plan on watering around once a week. I'll probably transplant in four weeks, around the middle of April. My question is this: Is my setup too hot for my parsley?

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

80 is very hot for parsley. But what I am mainly thinking on reading your post is why are you starting parsley indoors in Zone 9 at all? Parsley grows a tap root and although it can be transplanted it is prone to bolting. If you direct sow you have not transplanting worries and no overheating worries. Parsley comes from temperate climates. Tomatoes and Peppers from tropical climates. Knowing their antecedents is a guide to knowing how to care for them.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 1:40PM
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walkie74

Here's the problem: My Zone 9 temps, at the moment, can range from 55-47, with the occasional 60 degree day. That's a little chilly, even for parsley. Plus, I live in an apartment with very little sun on my deck-- it may like partial sun, but I think it needs more than three hours' worth. And to tell you the truth, I'm not too worried about bolting. The way we eat parsley around here, I'm just hoping it gets a chance to root before it's devoured. :)

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 7:00PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Right, I see. You didn't tell us you had no outside garden space originally.The problem is that you have the parsley in with the heat lovers. 80 is OK for germination but the plants need much lower temperatures after that. Your current temps are fine for parsley plants (once hardened off). Mine has been outside all winter and my temps are very similar at the moment. Is there any way you can prick out the parsley into different containers and start hardening them off? Your sun situation, while maybe not ideal, will not faze parsley imo. If you are happy to allow bolting you'll need to keep sowing in succession to provide new plants or you won't have any parsley later in the year.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 6:09AM
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