Common Parsley, P. crispum var. crispum, is a biennial often grown as an annual. It is grown for its divided, curled or flat, dark green leaves. Harvest them at any time for use as a flavoring or garnish. Plants can be heavily harvested as long as the growing point remains; after heavy harvesting fertilize and water to promote new growth. If plants are allowed to grow a second year, harvest the leaves before the flowers open. Hamburg Parsley, P. crispum var. tuberosum, is grown for its fleshy root. Dig it in the fall, after a frost, to use as a flavoring or as a vegetable (the leaves have little flavor)
Flat-leafed Parsley is far more nutritious than the curly type. Harvest it as needed, but fairly regularly so that the plants keep sprouting new stems. In mild climates, you can continue to cut it throughout winter.
Parsley seeds take a while to get going, so you may want to soak them overnight before sowing. If you're beginning them indoors, be sure to transplant them 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. Pkt is 100 seeds.
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