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Harris Model Parsnip (100 Days)

Pure white perfectly straight roots. The slightly sweet flavor is unique in our experience. Store well and should comprise at least a small part of every northern garden. In the North, leave them in the garden until spring. It gives you a sweet treat to look forward to all winter. Dig them as soon as you can after thaw. If they are left for a few weeks they develop a lot of little white roots and start to become woody.

250 seeds

PLANTING

Pastinaca sativa

Germination: 14-21 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-65ºF. 

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep

Sowing Outdoors: Mid spring. Starting 2-3 weeks before last frost. Sow 1/2-1" apart, thin to 2-3” apart.  The soil moisture should be maintained regularly until germination, letting soil dry out during this period may result in lower germination.

How much does a packet plant: 8-12 foot row

Harvest: The flavor is best after a few frosts. Harvest after a few frosts or leave them in the ground for the winter. Cover with a thick layer of mulch and harvest in the spring when the ground thaws. Dig out before tops start regrowing. 

Tips:  Parsnips prefer a loose soil, free of rubble. Sow a few radish seeds with the parsnips to help mark the rows. This is helpful because they take 3 weeks to germinate. Requires adequate water, 1” per week for optimum growth. Using a row cover helps to maintain moisture for germination. Keep well weeded. An excess of nitrogen in the soil cause the roots to become hairy.            

 

 

 

 

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    08/05/2018
    Tom
    Western PA

    Fantastic

    I ordered parsnips from 3 seed companies. They are notorious for poor germination. This is the only seed company who's seeds performed. They must have very fresh seeds. Germination rate was excellent. In fact they were so good I left them too close together and am pulling some early to thin out. The ones I've pulled are immature but 10+ inches and delicious. Give these parsnips a try, they're a truly underrated vegetable!