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Parsnip, Harris Model Seeds - Gram Packs or 2 Pound Sacks - bin303

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Seller Notes: Germination test date and results will be on packet.
Sunlight: Full Sun
USDA Hardiness Zone (°F): 3-9
Climate: Cold, Sub-tropical, Temperate
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

Harris Model Parsnip

The parsnip plant produces a thick, white, edible root that resembles a carrot, its close relative. The flesh of the parsnip root is smooth and tender with a slightly sweet taste. Although a cool season biennial crop, producing small yellow flowers if left in the ground for a second season, parsnips are grown as an annual when harvesting the root. If you wait until after the first frost to harvest, the root’s flavor will be even sweeter. This is a great season-extending crop because of its cold hardiness. However, don’t try to eat the hairy, toothed leaves, and wear gloves when harvesting, as the sap within them is toxic!

The Harris Model parsnip is one of the more commonly grown varieties thanks to its long tap root and rich, nutty flavor. While it can often take a bit longer than other types of parsnips to sprout and mature, germination rates are usually quite high, and the roots can reach up to 12″ in length! In addition to having high yields, the Harris Model parsnip often develops a beautiful, almost pure white flesh as opposed to the creamy hue of most other varieties.

BOTANICAL NAME:Pastinaca sativa
PLANT TYPE:Vegetable
VARIETY:Harris Model
GROWTH CYCLE:Annual Biennial
SEASON(S):Spring Summer Fall Winter
CLIMATE ZONE(S):2a 2b 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b
LIGHT:Full Sun Partial Shade
SOIL TYPE(S):Loamy Sandy
YIELD:0.25–0.5 lbs per plant
GARDEN DIMENSIONS:9 plants per square foot
GERMINATION:15–28 days
MATURITY:100–120 days
HARVEST:100–120 days


Seed Depth: 1/2″
Space Between Plants: 3″
Space Between Rows: 18″
Germination Soil Temperature: 50–70°F
Days for Germination: 10–28
Sow Indoors: Not recommended.
Sow Outdoors: In late spring to early summer, or 4 months before average first frost. In areas with mild winters, sow in fall for overwintering and harvest the following spring.


Grows best in cool weather. Taste is sweetest when harvested after a few hard frosts or in spring after overwintering in areas with mild weather. Heat will reduce germination rates and also stunt plant growth and root development, so avoid growing in warm summer weather. For best results, plant in spring or early summer in cold climates or in late fall through early winter in warmer areas.

Terms and conditions, READ THIS PLEASE: Orders over $14 from this ad will be shipped with tracking, Otherwise: Seeds will be shipped economy/standard or first class 2-10 day shipping (NO TRACKING and no planting instructions to keep seed costs to the buyer low), in a ziplock baggie. Our goal is to save you money on quality seeds. We are responsible sellers, and we make sure our buyers are well taken care of. Shipped within 2 business days after payment. We are a seller that caters to experienced gardeners. (germination and plant care information is readily available online, but if you can’t find germinating and care instructions, please feel free to message us). Most of our listings include germination instructions, so we do not ship growing instructions. Multiple orders of a single item will be combined into 1 ziplock. We are not responsible for buyer germination success, seeds have been tested. Seed count is approximate, and packaged by weight. Seeds vary in size, weight is exact, and based upon empirical count, quantity is estimated. Liability of seller is limited to the cost of the item(s).

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