Parsley Growing Guide

Petroselinum crispum


Crop Rotation Group

Umbelliferae (Carrot and root family) 


Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Hardy only to about 10 degrees F, though winter mulches or cloches can enhance cold tolerance. Where winters are mild, parsley can be sown in fall and grown through winter.


Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food monthly.


Single Plants: 5" (15cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 3" (10cm) with 9" (25cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow seeds in early spring, and keep moist. Parsley germinates slowly. Or, start with young purchased plants. Take care not to disturb the roots when transplanting parsley.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Try both curled and flat-leafed or Italian parsley, which has stronger flavour. Plants that survive winter will bloom first thing in spring.


Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying in early summer.


Colorful parsleyworms sometimes eat parsley leaves. Root rot is common in elderly, winter-weary plants.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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