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Growing Parsnips


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Below are general guidelines for growing parsnips, including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.


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Plant Height

Up to 30cm/12" 

Time between sowing and harvesting

34 weeks

Where to Sow

Outdoors in open ground

Sowing time

March  - temperature   +10C/50F. 

How to Sow

3 seeds 12mm/1/2-inch deep, 15cm/6" apart -  in rows 30cm/12" apart or in groups/blocks. Germination can be very slow.

After Germination

Thin to 1 plant per station. Throw away the thinnings as these do not transplant well.

Growing on - 

in Pots

Not recommended as the roots are very deep and the crop takes a long time to mature.

Growing on -

in open ground

Keep weed free and well watered


As above


The  roots are ready to be harvested once the foliage begins to die back. Lift as required through the autumn/winter.


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