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Frequently Asked Questions About Parsley

What are the types of parsley?

The two most popular types of parsley are Italian (flat-leaf) and curly. Hamburg and Japanese are two other types of parsley that are lesser known and utilized. While Italian parsley and curly leaf parsley have a lot in common, they have their own unique flavors and appearance. Italian parsley has broad, flat leaves that range from dark to light green. Italian parsley has a more robust flavor whereas curly leaf parsley has a more natural, grassy taste. Curly leaf parsley, as you might have guessed, has thick, curly leaves. Curly leaf is better as a garnish generally while italian parsley is great for cooking.

How do I grow parsley from seed?

To grow parsley from seeds, start seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before the last spring frost. You can plant parsley seeds outside since they like the cold. If planting outside, aim to sow seeds 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost. Once you have seedlings, transplant them outside leaving 7 inches between each seedling. Water your parsley well. Your parsley will be ready for harvest when it has three segments on the leaf stems.

What is parsley's germination time?

Parsley is a slow starter. In general, parsley's germination time is between 2 to 3 weeks. Many gardeners recommend soaking parsley seeds in water before planting for the best results.

Is parsley a perennial?

Parsley is not a perennial, it is a biennial. Parsley can survive the winter season and flower again the next year; however, it tends to have a weakened flavor the next year. One thing many people don't realize is that the parsley's root is edible and offers a lot of flavor, which is great during that second year!