Growing Parsnips

Parsnips are an excellent crop for overwintering, being left in the soil until they are needed.  In fact, their flavour improves after a good frost.  They are easy to grow once germinated and are delicious roasted!


How to Grow Parsnips – QUICKSTART GUIDE
  • Vegetable Growing Calendar - ParsnipParsnip seed deteriorates with time so use new seed every year
  • Sow outdoors March to April
  • Sow 3 seeds together, leaving 10 -14cm (4 – 6in) between groups of seed
  • Germination is slow, especially in cold weather (up to 1 month)
  • Ready for lifting about 7 to 8 months after sowingPlanting parsnip seeds
  • Harvest as required. Can be left in the soil until needed


Parsnip Seeds

Parsnip SeedsGladiator – sweet flavour, fast maturing, smooth white skin, good resistance to canker. We’ve had good success with gladiator.
Tender and True – traditional variety, well flavoured ,white roots, good canker resistance
Albion – sweet flavour, good texture, good canker resistance
Panache – large roots, sweet flavour, white skinned, good canker resistance
Arrow – slender roots, virutally coreless, sweet flavour, can be grown in deep containers


Growing Parsnips – STEP by STEP GUIDE

A roast chicken just doesn’t seem complete without a few crispy roast parsnips, making them an essential in our vegetable patch.  Like leek, they have no objection to being left in the ground through winter and their flavour actually improves after the first frost, where some of the starches in the roots are converted into sugars.  Plant a row and follow our top tips for a thoroughly rewarding crop.
Growing Parsnips



1. Growing Parsnips – QUICKSTART GUIDE
2. Planting Parsnips – How and when to plant parsnips
3. Harvesting and Storing Parsnips – How and when to harvest and store parsnips
4. Parsnip Growing Tips – Some tips to help you germinate and grow parsnips
5. Parsnip Problems, Pests and Diseases – Help is at hand for any parsnip bother you might encounter
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