How to Grow Parsley - Petroselinum Crispum
Parsley (Petroselinum Crispum) is biennial plant grown for its aromatic leaves and roots. It is very modest plant and easy to grow. Just few pots of parsley can provide continued supply of fresh parsley leaves that can be used in various meals and dishes.
Parsley is grown for its leaves and its roots.
Parsley leaf varieties can have flat, curly, broad and similar leaves. These leaves are often chopped and added to the meals as decoration, or the parsley leaves are added to the meals while they are being cooked.
Root parsley is grown for its roots, which are used just like carrots - they are added to the soups and stews, or they are eaten raw.
When growing parsley, there are few simple rules - parsley prefer warmer climate, well aerated and moist soil with good drainage. Ordinary flower soil found in garden centers is more than good enough for growing parsley - like many herbs, flavor and scent are better and more aromatic if the soil is not too rich in nutrients.
Leaf parsley can be grown in row with 5-6 inches (10 - 15 cm) between plants, depending on the variety and some 10 inches (25 cm) between rows.
Plants of root parsley require more space - 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) between the plants in the row and 12-15 inches (30.5 - 38 cm) between rows. This way roots will have more space to grow.
Note: Parsley germinates slowly, some varieties requiring up to 4-6 weeks.
Parsley seeds are relatively small and are sown half an inch (1 cm) deep. Be sure to keep the soil moist all the time. When small plants start to grow, remove all weak and unneeded plants.
How to Grow Parsley in Containers and Flower Pots
Since it is small plant, leaf parsley is often grown in the flower pots, both indoors and outdoors. Flower pot 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter can be accommodate 3-4 leaf parsley plants and can be positioned even on the windowsill. Those 3-4 plants can provide few leaves almost on a daily basis - and those leaves can make even good meals much better :)
Root parsley can be grown in the flower pots, too, it just requires much larger pots - at least 16-18 inches wide and at least 14 inches deep for 3-4 plants. Of course, it is possible to use smaller pots or to grow more plants in such pot, but roots can deform during growth and harvesting a single root can damage other plants/roots.
Anyway, growing leaf parsley in flower pots and harvesting few leaves periodically is highly recommended to people who wants to enjoy freshly picked parsley, its flavor and its health benefits.