What is parsley?
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a widely cultivated flowering herb that belongs to the family Apiaceae. This biennial herb is native to the Mediterranean region. Parsley is used in salad and cooked in many dishes. You can grow parsley from the cuttings with a little creative effort.
|It is a comfort to always find pasta in the cupboard and parsley in the garden|
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How to grow Parsley from Cuttings?
Parsley is a popular herb. Do you know how parsley is important for your health?. It is necessary to get you to know. Parsley is a weight loss-friendly herb that improves your blood sugar. Always add parsley to your diet. Parsley contains vitamin K. it improves your heart health and supports the bones. Parsley is packed with vitamin C and improves your immune system. Moreover, parsley is a versatile herb that is often used for greenish flavors. Parsley has straight and curled leaves. The straight leaves are mainly used for flavor in cooking, whereas the curled leaves are used to decorate multiple dishes. The Greeks used parsley as a medicine. Nevertheless, it is not cultivated for cooking until Roman times.
In this article, you will learn how to grow parsley from cuttings?.
|Common Name||Parsley, Garden Parsley, Rock Parsley|
|Botanical name||Petroselinum crispum|
|Plant Type||Biennial (grown as an annual herb)|
|Color||Green, bright soil|
|Soil type||Loamy, moist, well-drained|
|Sun exposure||Full sun|
Varieties of Parsley
There are about four types of parsley are grown in different parts of the world. The different types of parsley include
- Flat-leaf: The most popular form of culinary parsley has dark green leaves used for greenish. The most common types of flat-leaf parsley are Italian parsley, Titan parsley, and the Giant of Italy.
- Curly leaf: A milder tasting variety of parsley has bright green leaves. Varieties of curly leaf parsley include Forest Green and Extra Curled Dwarf parsley.
- Hamburg: The leaves of this variety are used as ornamental, rather than for cooking, while the roots are used to flavor soups and stews.
- Japanese Parsley: A variety of parsley native to Japan and China, recognized by its thick stem that can be eaten alone.
How to grow Parsley?
Parsley is easy to grow in your home as well as outside in the garden. You can grow parsley from the seeds or cuttings.
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Parsley loves the partially shaded location. Moreover, it can withstand a wide range of temperatures, but it thrives well in temperatures between 50 to 70°F. Parsley grows well in well-drained loamy and moist soil. Hence it is not difficult to grow parsley. Parsley requires little maintenance and investment.
How to grow Parsley from the Stems or Cuttings?
Growing Parsley from the cuttings is pretty simple. Hence, you can grow parsley from the stems, it will take little effort. The following steps are required to grow parsley from the cuttings.
Choose the Cuttings from Parsley
The main step in growing bell parsley is to collect the cuttings from healthy plants.
Cut 4-5 healthy-looking stems that are vibrant green color and have at least 3 segments of leaves at the top of each stem. Use a clean sharp scissor to collect cuttings from the plants. The success rate of parsley cuttings is very low. Hence, get more stems to grow. Cut at a 45-degree angle and strip the leaves from the lower half of the plant.
Prepare Cuttings for Plantation
The second step is to prepare the stems for the plantation. Fill the jar with tap water to give stems a better chance of surviving. Place the cuttings in the jar for two hours.
Shift the cuttings
Select a large pot and fill it with soil deep enough to accommodate the cuttings. Make sure, to fill the pots with an equal part of sand, perlite, and peat moss. Whatever growing medium you choose, make sure it’s good at retaining moisture evenly.
Plant each cutting at least 1 inch deep and the same distance apart. Water them thoroughly to keep the soil moist. Place the pot in a partially shaded place or indirect sunlight. Keep watering eventually to maintain the moisture in the soil. After 21 days, you can move each cutting into different pots or ground.
How to grow Parsley from the Seeds?
Growing parsley from seeds is quite simple but it requires little patience. You can grow parsley from seeds by applying the following steps.
- You can plant parsley seeds directly into the garden. Otherwise, you can grow seeds indoors in the beginning.
- You can start sowing in March and April.
- Parsley seeds should be planted only between 6 and 10 inches apart and about 1/4 inch deep in the soil.
- Water them thoroughly to keep the soil moist.
- Seeds will sprout after some days
Basic Requirements for Parsley Cultivation
Parsley can either be grown from the seeds or the cuttings. It is pretty easy to grow parsley but it requires essential care and maintenance. There are the following requirements you keep in mind before planting.
Parsley requires loamy, well-drained, and rich in nutrients soil to grow well. Hence, add organic compost to increase the fertility and drainage of the soil. Neutral or slightly acidic pH is ideal for growth.
Parsley loves full sun. It requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight in a day for optimal growth. It prefers partial shade in the hot season.
The parsley does not tolerate drought well and will quickly turn brown. It requires about 1 to inches of water in a week. Keep watering to moist soil.
Usually, parsley does not require fertilizers but if your soil is poor you can use liquid soluble fertilizers to increase the soil fertility.
You can harvest parsley when it is about 6 inches tall and relatively bushy. Moreover, harvest the whole stems from the base of the plant to promote new growth. Otherwise, you can break the upper leaves of parsley by hand for daily use.