Forest Green parsley is an heirloom variety appreciated for its glossy, dark green leaves with a highly curved shape. This compact and sturdy variety can reach up to 2 feet in the garden but will grow to about 12 inches if cultivated in pots. Forest Green parsley is appreciated for its savory herbal flavour. It is often added to dishes as a garnish or used to season salads and stews.
- Latin Name: Petroselinum crispum
- Life Cycle: Biennial, often grown as an annual
- Days to Maturity: 50
- Canada Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Planting Depth: 5 mm
- Plant Spacing: 30-40 cm
- Growth Habit: 45-60 cm tall
The ideal garnish to spruce up any plate, parsley is easily grown and a welcome addition to any kitchen garden.
Seeds can be started indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost in your area. Or sow directly into the garden after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up to 10 degrees. Soak in water 24 hours prior to planting for a more even germination. Plant seeds at 5 mm and space plants 30 cm apart.
Select a garden site that receives morning sun and partial shade in the afternoon. Parsley will produce the best leaves where ambient temperature is 15-18 degrees. Mix a slow-release fertilizer with loose, well-drained soil before or at the time planting. Parsley will grow well alongside peppers, tomatoes and asparagus. Avoid planting parsley in the same area of its relatives, carrots and celery, to prevent cross-pollination.
Do not overwater, but keep soil evenly moist. Parsley requires plenty of nutrients to produce its lush green leaves. Feed with liquid seaweed a few times during the season and don’t be shy about supplementing with compost to give it a boost.
Cut off all outer leaves at the base, don’t let flowers form and prune away any dead leaves to keep the plant productive. Harvest as needed throughout the season. Fresh leaves will add a pleasant zip and bright green color to any homemade meal.
- Some historians credit Charles the Great, the Holy Roman Emperor, for making parsley so popular because he had it gown all over his property.
- Parsley seeds will remain viable for 1 year if stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 4 and 10⁰C. After that, the germination rate may start to go down.
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