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Growing Parsnips – How to Grow Parsnips

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PERSONAL GROWING NOTES
Variety Date Sown Transplanted Planting Out First Harvest Last Harvest

Once you get them to germinate, parsnips are quite easy to look after as they require very little attention. Always use fresh seeds as they are difficult to germinate.

VARIETIES

  • Gladiator: The long tapering, wedge shaped roots with smooth white skin, have considerable canker resistance. Highly recommended for both the table and exhibition use. An essential part of your Sunday roast! RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. Great beginner variety. [Sutton Seeds]
  • Tender and True: Excellent for exhibition and for culinary purposes. Long, smooth-skinned roots with considerable resistance to canker. Specially recommended. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. We consider this to be the best Parsnip in existence. [Sutton Seeds]
  • White Gem: Specially bred by Suttons, Parsnip White Gem is highly recommended for use on all soils. Shorter roots than Tender and True, with fine, white smooth skin. An essential part of your Sunday roast! Considerable resistance to canker. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. [Sutton Seeds]

SOWING

PLANTING

Never transplant parsnip seedlings, always sow where they are to grow. This reduces forked parsnips.

Companion Planting

Parsnips prefer to be planted with Radish, Garlic, Peas, Potatoes and Peppers.
Parsnips dislike being planted with Carrots, Caraway and Celery.

Crop Rotation

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Seasonal Care & Related Posts

Keep well watered and weed free. Drawn earth around the base of the plant to stop the crown being exposed to daylight.

    PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS

    Slugs and Snails at the seedling stage.

    Harvesting

    Use a fork to remove because if you just pull at the root they can snap off and you only get half a parsnip.

    Saving seed for next year

    coming soon

    How to Store

    Can be left in the ground is no really hard frosts are forecast, otherwise lift and store in boxes of sand.

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