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How to plant parsley

How to plant parsley

Parsley, scientific name Petroselinum crispum, is one of the most valued and used aromatic herbs in Mediterranean cuisine and in many other gastronomies. It is a biennial plant with a large number of beneficial properties for the organism and, in addition, it is very easy to grow, which is why it is considered an ideal crop for beginners.

If you want to learn how to plant segment parsley at home, join us in this EcologíaVerde article in which you will see a complete and practical guide on when and how to plant parsley in a poteither from seedlings or with segments or cuttings.

When to plant parsley

When planting parsley, we mainly have two options: get a plant or cutting to plant, which is the fastest and most comfortable method, or sow the parsley seeds in a seedbed for later, once they germinate and grow, transplant them to its final location. Keep in mind that the seeds can take up to 20 days to germinate, so don’t get nervous if the first sprouts take time to appear. Here you can learn how to germinate a seed.

In any case, parsley can generally be planted from february to september in the northern hemisphere. Of course, these dates depend a lot on the specific climate of our region, and in slightly cold areas it is better to wait one or two more months before transplanting the parsley abroad.

How to plant parsley in a pot with seeds

For plant the parsleythe first thing we will need will be, logically, the parsley seeds. We can get the seeds from someone we know, collect them ourselves or, the safest and most reliable option, get certified seeds from a professional source, such as a garden store. The latter will assure us that they are seeds without diseases or other added problems, so it is the most recommended to start with. If we plan to have parsley in a pot indoors, it will not be necessary to prepare a seedbed, while, if later we want to transplant it to the orchard or garden, we will sow in a seedbed.

  1. Prepare the substrate: parsley needs its soil to be rich in nutrients, moist and, at the same time, offer adequate drainage. We can easily achieve this with the mixture that we often recommend for seedbeds and pots: one part peat, one part earthworm humus and one part coconut fiber. This will give rise to a very light and nutritious mixture with great drainage, to which we will then add some perlite and vermiculite as a final touch to provide more support and drainage to the plant.
  2. Soak the seeds: Before planting the seeds, let them soak for 24 hours to promote germination.
  3. Fill the pot and spread the seeds: then, fill your pot or seedbed almost to the top with the substrate and spread the parsley seeds on the surface of it, separated from each other approximately 2 cm. After placing them all, add another 2 cm of substrate on top of them and apply light pressure with your hand on it.
  4. Spray water: To finish, spray water to moisten the substrate and keep it moist but always without flooding until the seeds germinate, with about three daily waterings. If you want to further improve moisture retention, you can cover the substrate with mulch.
How To Plant Parsley - How To Plant Potted Parsley With Seeds

How to plant parsley by cuttings

if you plant parsley cuttingsalso called parsley segments, both indoors and outdoors, you will save all the time of germination and initial growth of the plant, gaining just over a month.

  1. It is necessary to properly move and loosen the soil, as well as enrich it with a good amount of humus or compost.
  2. Leave a distance of about 20 cm between each plant, if you plant more than one in each large pot or if you plant in soil. Center the rooted cutting and cover its base with soil to help it hold up well.
  3. After transplanting the cutting, give the plants abundant watering, and water again frequently to maintain a certain level of moisture in the soil.
  4. A contribution of mulch will be especially recommended outdoors, improving moisture retention and preventing the appearance of weeds.
How To Plant Parsley - How To Plant Parsley By Cuttings

How to grow parsley in a pot

This plant is very resistant and does not need great care, but even so, there are some things that are worth keeping in mind about the potted parsley care:

  • Light: parsley does not need large amounts of sunlight. In fact, with about 3 hours of light a day, it has enough to develop perfectly.
  • I usually: As we have already mentioned, the plant needs a lot of humidity, so the substrate must be very light and offer good drainage. In addition, it should be enriched with earthworm humus or compost. Quilting it is also a good idea.
  • Irrigation: very common, especially in the summer months. Parsley may need up to 2 or 3 waterings a day, always without flooding, to keep the substrate moist but without excess water. Learn more about When to Water Plants here.

If you want to learn more about Parsley Care, we encourage you to consult this other EcologíaVerde guide.

How to cut parsley to keep it growing

If you do not know when to cut parsley To start harvesting it, follow these simple instructions:

  • When the plant is about three months old, you can start cutting the outer stems and use them in the kitchen. By doing so, you stimulate the growth of the central shoots, which will accelerate their growth and encourage the plant to give new shoots.
  • If you see the flower stem appear, you have two options: harvest the entire plant or let it produce seeds to have material for a new planting later.

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