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Cooks who like to use parsley in cooking can save money–not to mention trips to the grocery store–by growing parsley in their home gardens. Growing parsley is easy, if you follow a few simple guidelines.
Parsley can be slow and variable to germinate, often taking 3 to 6 weeks or longer, and also is slow-growing in the seedling stage, usually needing 4 to 8 weeks or longer after germination to reach transplanting size. For these reasons, and because parsley germinates best at warm temperatures of 75° to 85° F, GardenZeus recommends starting seeds indoors in a bright, warm area, for transplant in fall and winter after weather cools.
GardenZeus expert Darren Butler’s tips for germinating parsley:
Parsley grows best during cool-to-warm weather of 65° to 85° F, making it an ideal plant to grow over winter in many warm winter areas of California. GardenZeus generally recommends starting with Italian or flat-leaved parsley because of its stronger flavor. If using parsley primarily for garnishes, grow the curly parsley for its more attractive appearance.
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New to growing edibles? Did you know that you can grow tomatoes year around in many areas of California? See Growing Winter Tomatoes in Mild California Areas.
Did you know that in California, fall is the best time for planting? Do you know how to choose the best seeds? See How to Choose the Best Seeds for California Gardens
GardenZeus recommends seeds from Botanical Interests, a seed supplier in the western United States that has an excellent supply of seeds for fall planting.