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.
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.