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Parsnip Seeds - Tender and True

Botanical - Pastnaca sativa

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450 Seeds.

Other Names - Pastnaca sativa...

This parsnip is one of the best varieties for flavour and if left in the ground during freezing conditions the cold temperatures will intensify the sweet flavour of the root. Tender and True is and excellent variety to grow for the Christmas table. It has long tapering roots and has a good resistance to canker.

  • Virtually coreless with a delicious sweet flavoured flesh.
  • Good canker resistance.
  • Large rooted variety.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds

Sowing Months - March - May

Harvest - After first frost up until April


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Try intercropping parsnips with onions, salad onions, shallots or chives as the aroma emitted by these plants can help deter or confuse the carrot root fly.
  • Try sowing some radish seeds in with the parsnip seed. The fast growing radish will germinate within a few days marking out the area where the parsnip seeds have been sown. By the time the parsnip seeds will have germinated the radishes will be nearly ready to harvest.
  • Parsnips grow well alongside peas and bush French beans as they do not compete with one another.

Soil Preperation

Add well rotted manure or compost to the bed 2 - 3 months before sowing. Add some general purpose organic fertilizer 1 - 2 weeks before sowing and remove any weeds.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants N/A
Position Full sun Distance between rows N/A
Average height 60 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 30 cm Sowing distance between plants 10 cm
Hardiness Fully hardy Distance between rows 30 cm
Overwintering Stored or left in the ground Sowing depth 0.5 cm - 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 10 to 20℃
    Days to germination 14 - 30 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Parsnip seeds are best sown direct in the ground or large container as they do not like to be transplanted.

Direct Sowing

Parsnip seeds take a long time to germinate, 3 - 4 weeks. Avoid sowing too early otherwise the seeds may end up rotting in cold wet soils. Sow 3 parsnip seeds per 10 cm station at the depth and row distance suggested above.
As parsnip seeds take a long time to germinate a crop of radish can be sown in between each station. Radish is fast growing and will be ready to harvest in about 6 - 8 weeks from sowing and by the time the parsnip need the extra room to flourish the radish will have been harvested. Sow 2 -3 radish seeds between each station. Having a line of radish seedlings will also help to mark were the parsnip seeds have been sown.
When the parsnip seedlings are large enough to handle thin to one strong seedling per station. Discard any thinning's as transplants seldom produce good roots.


Growing On

Weed regularly to keep competing plants under control. Water well in dry conditions. If radishes were sown in between the parsnip plants, when harvesting the radish take care not to disturb the parsnip seedlings. Flatten down any disturbed soil. Lettuce can be grown in between the rows to maximize the growing space.


Harvesting

The roots are ready to lift when the leaves start to turn yellow and die in autumn. The taste however will be much sweeter after the roots have been exposed to cold frosty weather as cold temperatures convert the starches in the roots to sugar. Parsnips can be left in the ground unprotected over winter and lifted as and when needed. To make harvesting easier, use a fork to loosen the soil first before pulling on the root.
By March new leaves will start to grown again from the remaining roots. Lift all remaining parsnips before the end of April before they start to produce a flower otherwise the roots will become inedible. Parsnips can also be lifted and conveniently stored in a garage or shed for overwinter use.
To store, leave the roots in the ground until they have been exposed to the first hard frost. Leave some soil on the parsnips as this will help to keep the roots moist and firm during storage. Remove any remaining foliage. Store in paper bags or in boxes surrounded by damp compost.

TIP

Poor germination - For best results sow only fresh seed (from last years harvest). Parsnip seed does not store well. Avoid sowing parsnips too early when the soil is too cold otherwise the seeds may rot.

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