Forest Green Parsley Long, stiff, upright growing stems hold dark green, finely cut, and beautifully curled leaves well above the soil. This variety has broader leaves and is more flavorful than plain-leaved parsley.
Holds its fresh look and deep color quite well and resists browning and bleaching. The best variety for garnishing and a superb ornamental in combination with flowers for use in containers and planters.
Latin Name: Petroselinum crispum
Hardiness Zone: Annual, Biennial Zone 5-9
Days to Harvest: 30-40 days (from date of transplanting)
Days to Maturity: 2nd Year
Days to Germination: 14-35 days
Seeding Depth: ¼"
Plant Spacing: 12-15"
Plant Height: 12-18"
Growth Habit: Weedy and upright similar to dill or fennel
Soil Preference: Consistently moist, cool, well-drained
Temp Preference: Cooler, 60-65°F
Light Preference: Full sun - Partial shade
Pests/Diseases: Like many herbs, parsley is not susceptible to many pests or insects, but can experience stem rot and Septoria leaf spotting in poorly drained soil.
How to Grow
Germination is hastened by first soaking the seeds in water overnight. After soaking, sow 6 mm (1/4") deep in rows 40 cm (16") apart. Be patient. Parsley takes up to three weeks to sprout. Keep the seedbed evenly moist but avoid crusting over the soil as this will greatly reduce the number of seedlings that emerge.
Mulching the seedbed aids germination. Thin seedlings to 10 cm (4") apart after germination. Keep parsley well weeded. One packet sows approximately 6 m (20') of row.