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Climate: Cold, Sub-tropical, Temperate
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Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Peat, Sand, Silt
All Amercian Parsnip Seed
All American Parsnip is a cool-weather biennial grown as an annual. Parsnips taste best if brought to harvest in cool weather. Sow parsnip seed directly in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before the average date of the last frost in spring. In warm-winter regions, parsnips can be planted in autumn.
Description. Parsnip is a creamy white root that grows from 4 to 9 inches long, similar to a carrot in appearance and tasty like a celery heart. The parsnip is a biennial grown as an annual. A rosette of celery like leaves grow from the top of the fleshy root.
Yield. Plant 10 parsnips per household member.
Site. Parsnips prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Grow parsnips in soil that has been turned to 12 inches deep where all lumps and rocks have been removed so that roots do not split and fork. Parsnip prefers a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.8. Prepare planting beds two to three months in advance adding well-aged compost. Add manure only if it is aged; manure too fresh will cause root crops to fork.
Planting time. Parsnips require a long, cool growing season where the average temperature is between 45°F and 75°F. Parsnips will tolerate cold and freezing temperatures at both the start and end of their growing time. Sow parsnip seed directly in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before the average date of the last frost in spring. In warm-winter regions, parsnips can be planted in autumn.
Planting and spacing. Sow parsnip seeds ½ inch deep and 1 inch apart in wide rows; thin seedlings to 3 to 4 inches apart. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Thin seedlings after they develop two true leaves; cut off thinned seedlings at soil level to avoid disturbing remaining seedlings. Thinning is important; parsnips require adequate space for root development.
Water and feeding. Parsnips require moist but not wet soil for uninterrupted root development. As roots approach maturity, reduce watering to avoid cracking. Prepare planting beds with aged compost. Side dress plants at midseason with aged compost. Add aged-manure to planting beds in advance of planting.
Companion plants. Beets, carrots, rutabagas, and root vegetables. Avoid planting with cabbage family crops, tomatoes and tomatillos.
Care. Keep planting beds weed free to avoid competition for light, water, and nutrients. Cultivate shallowly to avoid damaging roots. Where the ground may freeze, add 6 to 10 inches of straw or mulch above plants before the first snow; harvest roots as needed in winter. In warm regions, mulch to regulate soil temperature; roots will grow short if the soil temperature is too high.
Container growing. Parsnips can be grown in containers but require at least 18 inches of root space.
Harvest. Parsnips reach maturity 100 to 130 days after sowing. Lift parsnips with a spading fork being careful not to damage roots. Leave parsnips in the garden as long as possible or until you need them. Roots are not harmed by freezing soil. Low temperatures convert the roots’ starch to sugar. Dig roots before the ground becomes unworkable. Complete the harvest before the return of warm weather.
Variety. All American (105 days)
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