Parsley (Flat Leaf)
One teaspoon of open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
This variety is one of the best for cooking and retains it's flavour and shape better than curly-leafed varieties and it can be dried. Parsley seeds are also used as a spice.
Parsley is a biennial, dying back in winter it will re-shoot again in spring. Leaves collected from second-year plants will be more bitter than those from first-year plants and will die after flowering. Sometimes plants will bloom and produce seed in their first year, especially in warmer climates. Will self-sow year after year if conditions are right. Parsley is a heavy feeder and prefers a rich soil full of compost or well rotted manure. If you live in a hot climate parsley will benefit from being planted in a spot that is shaded part of the day, ideally from the hot midday or afternoon sun.
In the tropics parsley should be sown from April to July to avoid the wet season when it can be prone to rot and other fungal diseases. In the subtropics the best time for sowing is from February to May. In temperate regions sow anytime between September and May for best results. In cold regions sow from October to April.
The seed heads are excellent as foilage filler for foral arrangements.
Parsley seeds should be direct sown whenever possible as they don't like being transplanted. Sow seed 4mm deep with a 30cm spacing, cover with mix and firm down to prevent the seeds from drying out. Germination of parsley seeds can be quite variable, generally taking between 14 and 28 days.