How to Grow Parsley Root – A Beginner’s Guide

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Parsley root, which are known botanically as Petroselinum crispum var. tuberosum, are a type of vegetable that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing parsley root as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Parsley Root

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the parsley root seeds directly outdoors in early spring. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when parsley root are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Parsley Root the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing parsley root in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your parsley root grow. Generally, your soil should be well-drained and fertile. Soil PH levels should be around 6.0 to 7.0.

1/4″ deep, 2″ apart in rows 18″ apart. 1″ apart in rows 12″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about 8-12″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your parsley root seedlings 2-4″ apart when seedlings are 1-2″ tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Parsley Root

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your parsley root. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your parsley root should be getting full sun to partial shade

How Much to Water Parsley Root

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your parsley root do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your parsley root begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Parsley Root to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your parsley root grow.

It takes approximately 14-28 days to germinate, and a total of 100-120 days from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Parsley Root

The best time to harvest your parsley root is in late fall or early spring.

Parsley root can grow up to about 12-18″ tall.

What Can Parsley Root Be Used For?

Food Use: great for soups, stews, and roasted vegetable dishes.

Flavor Profile: mild and earthy, with a hint of parsley flavor.

Can Parsley Root Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you can plant multiple plants in a 12″ container. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your parsley root around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Parsley Root Safe for Bees?

Yes, parsley root are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing parsley root is bee-friendly.

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