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Petroselinum crispum (Flat Leaf Parsley) Herb Seeds

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Flat Leaf Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) Herb Seeds

French Parsley or flat-leaf parsley prefers rich well-drained soil in a sunny or partially shady site. It is a clump-forming plant that is easy to germinate from seed, responding best when the seed is soaked overnight in hot water prior to sowing. Showing very prolific growth, French Parsley produces a white tap root and a profusion of leaves, which have a flat triangular shape and a dark green colour. These leaves are the main crop, being very rich in iron and Vitamin A, C and E, and have a stronger flavour than the curled variety.  Although yellow-green flowers are produced in umbels in summer, it is best to employ a rotational planting system to ensure that you have fresh young leaves all season, as these are used to add flavour to food rather than just garnish.

Growing Instructions

Parsley seeds are notoriously slow to germinate, it may improve the success by placing the dry seeds in a small dish, and covering them with very warm (110°F/43°C) water, and let sit overnight. Pour off any seeds that float, and strain the others onto a paper towel. Plant straight away and keep moist until the seeds sprout, some also say to water newly-sown seeds with just-boiled water to help germination too. Sow into pots or seed trays in early spring. You can sow successionally from March-July.  Once the weather warms up harden off and transplant outside in a lightly-shaded spot, allowing 25cm between plants. Later in the season sow direct into shallow drills and thin seedlings to final spacing. Pick leaves once they reach about 8cm tall. Harvest from June-August 

Herb Usage

As a garnish, no herb is better known than Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), it is grow's naturally in several countries around the world. Leaves of flat leaved parsley are used to add flavour to food as well as a garnish. Parsley also has the ability to counter strong odours so is often used with garlic or onions. Why not try as an alternative to Basil in a home-made pesto. 

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Our Flat leaf Parsley herb seeds are generally available to buy online all year round.

 

Flat Leaf Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) Annual Grow Guide
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Other Details

Aspect/Site:
Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type:
Free draining rich soil
Flower Colour:
Yellow
Height:
40cm
Spread:
60cm
Latin Name:
Petroselinum crispum
Hardiness:
RHS rating H6 - Hardy - Very cold winter

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