Growing Parsley Root from a Cutting?

steve_k(6b)April 5, 2013

I recently purchased a bunch of four plump parsley roots (the edible vegetable type) with equally big bunches of edible parsley leaf on the tops. Since we use parsley root in our family chicken soup recipe, I'm now wondering why we've been growing regular Italian parsley in the garden all these years?

The leaves have lasted and are still wonderfully fresh and fragrant even four weeks after I bought them. (I kept them attached to the roots and put them in a ziplock bag along with some water to feed them and keep them alive.)

I'm now wondering if I can cut the bottom 2/3 of the parsley root and plant the top 1/3 directly in the garden, just like you would a pineapple?

Has anyone tried this? It seems as though the parsley roots have 'grown' new root suckers since they've been in the fridge. Maybe I could cut some of these new roots and plant them?

I know I can plant it from seed, but I really like this variety and would like to propagate it directly.

Let me know if you have had success with this!



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CA Kate

I don't know why you couldnt do this since it can be done with carrots. Only thing is: the root will put out multiple roots. The top may also go to seed faster. Have fun experimenting.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 7:29PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

If it works, I would also expect it to bolt (ie go to seed) faster. Probably best to grow from seed. Parsley root seed is easy enough to find from the large seed vendors. I've grown "Hamburg" with good success.


Here is a link that might be useful: Baker Creek - Parsley Root

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 8:14AM
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