Parsley is a flexible and popular herbal plant that is employed to give flavor to a lot of dishes. It is easy to grow and maintain.
This herb is usually seen on various plates as a garnish. It is also well-known for its ability to neutralize or offset bad breath.
It is highly recommended to be chewed after eating meals to make your breath fresh. Parsley lives for two years in mild climates as it is a biennial plant and yearly in cold climates.
Any fresh parsley doesn’t only make a great garnish, but it is extremely healthy to eat too. It is ideal to add to salads, smoothies, and soups.
With this, growing parsley from seeds is pretty easy to do also. It is also perfect to have a continuous supply of organic parsley right at the comfort of your own backyard or property. So, whenever you need it, you can always get one.
Things You Need
By nature, parsley can grow in any place. You can plant it outdoor and indoor or in a full sun to part shade area. Though, Parsley prefers to grow in cool temperature. When the parsley grows under the full ray of the sun, it will burn out.
Hence, planting it indoor is a substantial choice, especially if you live in a geographical warm area. It is best to grow them in an indoor setting as it greatly prefers the cool temperature.
You can plant the parsley seeds in pots and containers. You can plant it with other herbal plants, vegetables or flowers to fill in the spaces to accentuate the plants. It can act as a filler plant.
From its description above, parsley is flexible. It can grow in any soil. Nonetheless, it would prefer a moist and fertile soil that is highly rich in organic material.
Additionally, you can add an organic granular herb fertilizer to give your parsley a healthy start.
Without further ado, here are the things you need to prepare and have to plant and grow Parsley from seeds indoors.
- Parsley seeds
- Pot, tray or container
- Soil – It must be filled with compost or nutrients and should have a pH level within 6 to 7 range. The ideal mixture of soil has 50% potting soil and 50% compost for nutrients.
- Glass or bowl
- Dish soap
- Strainer or sifter
- Wax paper
- Gardening tool
1. Planting Preparation
The first step that you need to do is prepare everything for planting. During the preparation step, you need to follow these steps to ensure you are doing everything right.
- Select the type of parsley seed you would like to plant.
- Choose the place where you want to plant your parsley. You can either have it on a pot, container, or tray. Parsley as being mentioned earlier is versatile and doesn’t involve strict conditions to grow. When you have decided which container, pot, or tray you want to plant it, you need to secure the space where you want to place it. Find a place where it can still receive enough sunlight, and at the same time, in a cool temperature.
- Next step you need to do is to prepare your soil. It must be relatively loose as it means that it is ideal to grow parsley. The ideal mixture provided above gives a light and airy environment for the parsley that will give this biennial plant’s roots to develop their long roots.
2. Cultivating the Seeds
Dip the Parsley seeds in soapy water. You can use a glass or a bowl to place warm water not hot. Then, add dish soap and mix to dissolve the soap in the water.
Let your parsley seeds in the soapy water for an hour. The sufficient warmness of the water and the dish soap can help to break down the parsley seed’s popular tough outer cover.
This process will help parsley seeds grow faster than they would without dipping them into soapy water.
Rinse the parsley seeds and remove them with the use of strainer or sifter to make sure that any trace of the soap is completely removed.
After which, you take a bowl with extremely warm water about nearly 105 degrees Fahrenheit and put the seeds in it. Leave the Parsley seeds as they are and dip them overnight to proceed with the germination process.
After the 24-hour timeframe, dry the Parsley seeds. You can remove the water by using a strainer or sifter. Once you’ve strained all the water, place your parsley seeds on a wax paper to dry. You can plant them when they are completely dried off.
3. Planting Time
Cultivating parsley from seeds indoors will help you to speed up the growth of the plant. You can move them over to their final location after they have sprouted which is about 6 to 12 weeks before the last frost prior to Spring.
You can plant them in small pots, containers, or trays. You must not forget to water them daily. The seeds should only be planted around one-fourth inch depth. This measurement will help sowing them easier.
You can lay the Parsley seeds on top of the soil, and then slowly press them down to the appropriate deepness. Then, cover the Parsley seeds with soil. Slowly press the soil down that it touches the seeds.
Lastly, cover every tray or container with a plastic lid to maintain the moistness and the enough warmness of the soil.
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