How to plant parsley

Parsley or parsley has been cultivated since ancient times, and is currently the most widely used culinary herb in the West. Despite being better known as a leafy herb, there is also a variety that produces thick roots similar to carrots or parsnips, white in color and strong flavor, and that can be eaten raw or cooked. Leaf varieties can have smooth leaves and curly leaves.

Parsley leaves contain a large amount of oxalic acid and therefore should not be consumed in large quantities. Pregnant women should also avoid excessive consumption of parsley, as it is considered safe to consume the amounts normally used in cooking.

Petroselinum crispum var. crispum – curly leaf parsley

Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum – smooth leaf parsley

Petroselinum crispum var. tuberosum – root parsley


Parsley or parsley can be grown in a variety of climates, although it grows best if grown in mild climates, with temperatures between 10ºC and 22 ° C.


Parsley can be grown in sunny places or in partial shade with high light. In hot climates, grow in cool, well-lit places, but without being exposed to direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day.


Grow the parsley preferably in well-drained, fertile soil, rich in organic matter, with a pH between 5.8 and 7.2. However, parsley is a rustic plant, which tolerates various soil conditions well, growing even in poorly fertile soils.


Irrigate in order to keep the soil always moist, without being soaked.


Parsley seeds can take a long time to germinate, ranging from 2 to 6 weeks. Soaking the seeds in warm water for a day can hasten germination. Sow the seeds at the final location in the garden.

Parsley can be grown in pots and planters, but very small pots greatly limit the growth of the plant and the duration of its life, which can reach up to 80 cm in height when flowering and whose root can exceed 50 cm in depth. Therefore, to obtain a good development, the pots and planters used must be at least 30 cm in depth and diameter.


Remove invasive plants that are competing for resources and nutrients.


Parsley leaf harvesting can begin 60 to 90 days after planting, when the plant is approximately 12 to 16 cm tall. Harvest the outermost leaves whole, that is, with the petiole (the leaf stalk), and try not to remove more than one third of the leaves. Parsley or parsley is a biennial plant.

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