Parsley from seed - I need help!

Maude_IA(z5-SE Iowa)January 8, 2005

The winter sowing question started me thinking about all the different ways I've tried to start parsley from seed -- and failed miserably.

Does ANYone have any success? How do you do it?

I've tried winter sowing. I've tried outdoor sowing in the fall (hoping to see the plants in the spring). I've tried soaking the seed for 24 hrs. in water, then freezing the water, then planting the ice cube (weird, right? it didn't work either.) I've even gone so far as to plant the seeds like regular seeds, but nothing has ever come up.

Any suggestions? I'm ready to try again.

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koszta_kid(Iowazone 5)

I planted seeds early couple year ago. They grew fine. And have also bought some plants. Put them out and covered with milk jugs. Had parsley mostly for the butterflies. I like to mix some with spuds and noodles.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2005 at 9:11PM
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Iowagal(z4 IA)

Good question, Maude. I had poor luck with parsley seeds last year, but they were a couple years old so I blamed that. Now this makes me wonder if that was the whole story or not. Hmmmmm.... How does it reseed itself so readily but different times when I've tried to plant it, I've had bad luck?

    Bookmark   January 10, 2005 at 9:27PM
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One issue may be the quality of the seed. You might want to try a germination test on your seeds before you go to the trouble of planting them.

To make sure I get some plants I overseed the area where I want them either in early fall or early spring. If too many plants sprout I transplant the excess. I've never had luck with growing them in pots or trays.


    Bookmark   January 11, 2005 at 10:18AM
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jamlover(z4 Iowa)

Parsley takes a long time to come up 2 to 3 weeks. I don't do anything special for them. Just keep the soil moist by covering with plastic. I start some every year. They dislike transplanting___have a tap root, but I usually have plants big enough to start "stealing from" soon after setting them out.
Parsley is a biennial. On rare occasions I have had some winter over and flower and set seeds the second year.
Here, if you cover your plant in the fall when the first killer freezes occur____mine is up to the south of the house____you can have fresh parsley until Thanksgiving. At Thanksgiving I cut some and put it in a jar in the ref. with just a little moisture. Am still using from it now. It's a tough bird.
Last year the seed I used was 3 years old. Started it earlty in case nothing came up, but I didn't have to buy any new!!

    Bookmark   January 15, 2005 at 4:54PM
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I just ducked into this Forum to see what IronBelly was writing recently and saw this question. As a long time (former) northern grower let me suggest a method that always works. In the fall, stake the spot where you want to grow parsley. Then, as the last snow of the winter (hopefully) is melting down, toss the seed on top of the snow in the selected spot. Parsley is slow germinating. If you have sown fresh seed it will germinate. Give it a try.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2005 at 2:24PM
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