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Saving Parsley Seed

Posted by ladydub 8a (Virginia Beach) (My Page) on
Mon, May 14, 12 at 20:14

Hi - Quick question for anyone who has saved their parsely seeds.

I have 2 flat leafed parsley plants in a raised bed that were beautiful last year and are now going to seed. The seed heads are green and look like the ones in the pic on this site:

I would like to save the seeds if possible. My question long does it take to go from green to brown (when the seeds are ready to save)? I've searched for the answer and seen "it takes awhile" - but I have no idea what that means. I have parsley seedlings ready to pop into that spot so I don't want to wait too long! If it's going to be months I'll probably forgo waiting to get the seeds!

Thanks for your help!

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RE: Saving Parsley Seed

The ones pictured are just starting to flower. That means there is the entire flowering and seed maturation phases to go through before you can collect seed. I've never timed it but I would say that it would be in excess of a month before the seed could be collected.


RE: Saving Parsley Seed

Thanks for the info. It's been a month since my post and the seed heads look like they are finally drying out. I was planning on tying little baggies around a few to collect the seeds and cutting down the rest of the plant. Then hanging the seeds up in a brown lunch bag to finish drying. Is that a reasonable way to do this? I've never saved seed before!!


RE: Saving Parsley Seed

I try to let seed dry/mature as much as possible on the the plant to improve seed viability. You don't want to collect before they've finished maturing.

If the flower stalk is turning yellow/starting to dry up, the plant is done giving the seeds whatever it can and you can collect with no worries.


RE: Saving Parsley Seed

  • Posted by corrine1 7b Pacific Northwest (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 19, 12 at 23:46

If you plant parsley 2 years in a row & let them go to seed the 2nd year you'll have parsley planting itself for you. Then you won't have to collect the seed, sow it, water, etc. It's finally worked for me.

I was too tidy in spring with the parsley snipping off and then mulching around the other plants nearby, so last summer I made sure I didn't clean up too much nor mulch over the seeds. I let several plants go to seed & do their own thing.

This spring I have 100s of parsley seedlings in 2 different raised beds. I've had enough to move around & pot up to give away to garden friends & at swaps. Some of the early summer sown plants are going to seed now, so I'll let them set seed again. That way I'll have plants next spring, too. Once you know what those seedlings look like you won't pull them as weeds.

RE: Saving Parsley Seed

Thanks for all the tips! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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