Starting Parsley From Seed: Part 2

Hello reader,

Now that you’ve read part 1 and possibly started parsley seeds in paper towels, it’s going to be time to plant the seeds in a mix soon. Or if you are just planting seeds straight into a mix, this post would also apply. I would however, recommend the paper towel method for seeds that can be tricky to germinate such as peppers and parsley. Once the seeds begin to grow roots, you can plant them in a mix. Here’s how I planted the seeds to start the seedlings in 4 simple steps:

Step 1

Clean your pots. Use pots from years before, yogurt containers, egg cartons (not styrofoam), or anything else you think will work. For parsley, since I’ve read they have sensitive roots, I’m going to suck it up and buy larger pots that go straight into the ground. But for other seeds, plastic containers should be fine!

Step 2

Add water to your mix. It should be able to form a ball, but not too wet. This makes sure you have as much soil in the pot that you need (otherwise you’ll water the plant and the soil will become a bit compacted and you may discover you no longer seem to have enough soil)

Step 3

Carefully pick up a seed that has a thick root already growing (or use a seed straight from the package that hasn’t been pre-germinated in a paper towel). Create a shallow hole in the mix and gently place and cover.

Step 4:

Watch for sprouts and make sure it always has enough light and water!

Here’s a picture of how some of our parsley is doing since planting pre-germinated seeds:

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I had to plant them before I bought the pots that go in the ground, so I re-used a pot temporarily and will transplant them carefully into individual pots before their roots get too big.

There you have it! Starting parsley from seed (although these techniques really can apply to many types of veggie/flower seeds you start indoors). There’s so many varieties of parsley. You could grow curled, used for garnish, or flat leafed. We are growing a flat leafed variety called “Plain or Single”, but have fun trying different varieties. Each garden is unique. Craft your garden!

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