Parsley - starting indoors vs. outdoors

pdxmarkMay 7, 2009

I sowed parsley seeds outside 4-6 weeks ago, and after some careful nursing they have mostly sprouted and seem to be starting their first real leaves. Despite starting most things indoors, I started the parsley outside because my indoor starting area was full at the time.

A couple spots in my outdoor parsley bed were looking like they didn't take, so about a week ago I started a few more seeds indoors on my heat mat to fill-in the holes outside. They're already beginning to sprout. I think my outdoor parsley would be a 2-3 weeks ahead of where it is now if I'd had room to start it indoors...

We'll see if the indoor starts survive transplanting outside, but the start indoors seems much, much faster than outside.

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In your zone, right now you can directly sow them in the garden. But parsleys like cooler weather. I consider them cool crop. I started mine in cold fram in February. I am in zone 7/8 GA. I have had one harvest so far. I chpped and freezed them. I am practical about herbs. I plant them for consumption not just for show. I have a parsley-like herb called "chervil". I found the seeds by accident in a dollar store. It is a french favorite in place of parsley. It has tiny fern-like leaves and grows fast and taller than parsley.
If you like parsley you should also plant some chervil.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 10:16PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

My parsley is going to seed. It's definitely a cool season herb down here.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 2:24PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Starting parsley indoors vs. outdoors...I always start my parsley in situ outdoors. It produces later than indoor starts but I always have good luck with it outdoors. The one caveat is that about the time you are ready to replant that area with something else because you are sure this was a failure is when the parsley comes up.

Patience, Little Grasshopper, the parsley will come up.


    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 9:15AM
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