Flat leaf parsley is a plant which belongs to the Petroselinum genus.
Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 0.2 cm (0.08 inches imperial) and produce a herbaceous fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours: Cream and Screamin' Green and Navajo white. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 4. Leaves appear approximately as a La Salle Green and Ao green
Flat leaf parsley grows as a biennial and is a flowering edible herb / vegetable. Being a biennial plant, it tends to grow best over the course of two years.
Flat leaf parsley normally grows with a forb habit to a mature height of 60.0 cm (that's 1.95 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in early spring, followed by first harvests in late autumn.
Try planting Flat leaf parsley if you'd like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
Egypt is believed to be where Flat leaf parsley originates from.
As Flat leaf parsley is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.
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To keep parsley productive, weed it often and thoroughly, frequently cut back the full length of the outside stems, and remove all flower stalks.
Parsley will naturally want to run to seed after its first winter, and to keep it at its best the plants need replacing every one to two years. Has a tendency to bolt in hot weather.
Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 5 to 9 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Ensure your soil is loamy and potting mix and has a ph of between 5.6 and 6.0 as Flat leaf parsley is a weakly acidic soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Flat leaf parsley is thought of as hardy, so Flat leaf parsley will tend to go dormant or grow slowly over the winter months.
See our list of companion Plants for Flat leaf parsley to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Soak seeds overnight before sowing.
Leaching can also speed up germination by washing away a chemical on the seedcoat which inhibits germination. To leach the seeds: soak them overnight, strain them and run water over the seeds (in the strainer) every few hours. When leaving the seeds for more than a few hours, place the seeds into a plastic bag to ensure that they do not dry out. Recommendations differ on how long to leach the seeds and though 24 hours is commonly recommended, leaching the seeds for as long as three days has been reported to produce quick germination results.Look to ensure a distance 7.8 inches (20.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Flat leaf parsley about 35 days before your last frost date .
Transplant as soon as they have two sets of true leaves (and the soil is warm), because they have a long root and resent being transplanted once they have begun to leaf out. If you’re growing them in a pot for the kitchen window, select a container that is long and narrow rather than wide and shallow, to give the root room to run.
If planting into the garden, pick a spot that is handy to reach from the kitchen.
Harvest outer leaves by gently twisting the stem away from the base of the plant.
To preserve parsley, you can either dry or freeze it.
Air drying Parsley: To dry parsley without a dehydrating machine, simply hang upside-down in small bunches in a cool, dark place. check that they are ready by crumbling a little in your fingers – if ready put into small airtight jars to keep until use.
Freezing Parsley: pack ice cube trays with parsley leaves and then cover with hot water (the hot water should blanch the parsley quickly and keep the colour nice and green). Place in the freezer for at least 24 hours, then place in freezer bags and store to defrost when required. Alternatively, blend parsley leaves in a food processor with oil to a smooth paste consistency, then pour into ice cube trays. After 24 hours, remove from the trays and place into freezer bags and store frozen until required.
Parsley will flower after its first winter and the seeds can be collected from the plant into a paper bag as they ripen. Cut the top off the remains of the flower head and store in a warm and dry place to complete the drying process
These estimates for how long Flat leaf parsley takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 12 days | Min 3 days | Max 31 days (279)
Average 33 days | Min 3 days | Max 90 days (45)
Average 107 days | Min 12 days | Max 298 days (126)
Our when to plant Flat leaf parsley estimates are relative to your last frost date.
From the Greek word meaning “rock celery” (parsley is a relative to celery).
Italian parsley, Persil géant d'italie
Petroselinum neapolitanum, Petroselinum sativum, Petroselinum hortense
Misspellings: Italian Parsly, Flat-Leaf Parsley
I transplanted my parsley from the garden after moving, it survived some pretty harsh winter frosts and now I’ve moved again and it’s still growing quite happily on my balcony.
jeza about growing Flat leaf parsley 'Italian'
Pulled out by JSG.
JAP about growing petroselinum crispum var.Neapolitanum - parsley Italian (behind Persimmon)