How to Grow Parsley – A Beginner’s Guide

parsley plant growing in garden
Parsley, which are known botanically as  Petroselinum Crispum, are a type of herbs that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing parsley as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Parsley

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the parsley seeds  March or April, and again in late summer for early growth the next spring. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when parsley 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 the Right Way

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

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your parsley grow. Generally, your soil should be well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Soil PH levels should be around 6.0 to 7.0.

9″ apart.  roughly 10″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about  .25″. 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 seedlings thin plants to 10″ apart when they are 2″ tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Parsley

How Much to Water Parsley

How Long Does it Take Parsley to Germinate and Grow?

When to Harvest Parsley

The best time to harvest your parsley is  if you find three or more leaf clusters on the stem, it is ready for harvesting. 

Parsley can grow up to about  8 to 12 inches tall;.

What Can Parsley Be Used For?

Food Use: A great aromatic garnish to add to soups and salads.

Flavor Profile: Subtle parsley flavor.

Can Parsley Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you will ideally need a 12″+ containerfor each plant. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

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

Are Parsley Safe for Bees?

Yes, parsley 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 is bee-friendly.

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