Deciduous – Sheds Its Leaves Annually
Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Sensitive – Will Get Damaged and Possibly Killed During Periods of Frost.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
Sow seed directly into beds or rows where they are to mature; sow thinly and cover with about 10mm of soil.Seedlings may take up to three weeks to emerge; take care to keep the soil damp until they do.The seeds germinate slowly, but thin out seedlings after six weeks to space plants 100mm apart in the row.
Water regularly and feed once, after eight weeks, with liquid fertilizer.
Like carrots, parsnips are a cool-season crop. They prefer a sandy loam, well enriched with organic matter.
Young parsnips taste best in early spring, when the stored starches begin turning into sugar in preparation for new growth.
|Common pests and diseases|
Aphids and leaf spot.
Parsnips can be harvested about 18-20 weeks from sowing.Make sure the soil is damp before digging up parsnips as they do not pull out very easily.
A 5m-row should be enough to feed a family of four.
Despite being easy to grow, parsnips are not very widely grown. Like carrots, they are a cool-season crop.
Botanical Pronunciation: pas-tin-NAY-kuh sa-TEE-vuh
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Requires moderate maintenance.