«Leafy» - Organic Parsley Seeds
Specially developed for use as fresh seasoning, this flat-leaf parlsey offers large, bright green leaves on compact plants. Far more nutritious than its curly-leafed cousin, flat-leaf parsley is easy to grow.
Heirloom Parsley «Leafy»Specially developed for use as fresh seasoning, this flat-leaf parlsey offers large, bright green leaves on compact plants. Far more nutritious than its curly-leafed cousin, flat-leaf parsley is easy to grow and looks good enough to grow among flowering annuals as well as in the herb garden.
The large foliage arises on plants that reach only 10 to 12 inches high and wide. You can begin to harvest the invidivual leaves about 2 months after setting out transplants, or cut the entire plant at the base and harvest at once (easier for dried spices). "Leafy" is a great cut-and-come-again variety, a staple of your kitchen herb garden that you will appreciate all season long.
GerminationMost gardeners sow parsley seed indoors to give the plants a head start; soak the seeds overnight, then plant them 1/4" deep and keep them at 65-70 degrees F. Because parsley has a notorious habit of slow germination, don't expect to see sprouts for 3-5 weeks. Keep the soil evenly moist. Transplant the seedlings when the average outdoor soil temperature reaches 60 degrees F, spacing them 6" apart in full sun or partial shade. Parsley also grows well as a container plant. Parsley has shallow roots, and should not be allowed to dry out for long. Mulch to help conserve moisture and control weeds.
HarvestingHarvest the leaves as needed, taking the large outer leaves first and removing at least 10" of stem with the leaves to keep the plant healthy. The whole plant can be harvested at once, cutting it off just above ground level; more leaves will grow. Use immediately or freeze to preserve freshness. Ukrainian Bogatyr flat parsley tends to have stronger flavor than the curled types.
Saving SeedsThough most varieties of parsley can survive below zero temperatures when mulched well, another method of overwintering is to dig up the entire plant, cut down the stems to 1", and plant it in sand; keep it in a 32-40 degrees F location until spring replanting. Watch the developing seed heads carefully, since they tend to shatter easily; pick each one as it becomes dry and mature. Additional drying time may be needed. Clean the seed by rubbing the heads through a screen or shaking them. Store the seed in a cool, dry place for up to 4 years.