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How to Grow Parsley

Growing Parsley in Containers, Gardens &Allotments

Latin Name Petroselinum
Type of Plant Biennial  (treat as an Annual)
Suitable for Containers, Growbags, Hanging Baskets, Garden Beds, Allotments

 Companion Plants      In the Kitchen


Plant Dimensions

Height up to 15cm/6" - Spread 15cm/6"

Where to Sow

Indoors/Outdoors thinly  in small pots  7.5cm/3" diameter. 

Outdoors in open ground

Sowing time

Indoors February/April - temperature   +16C/61F.  

Outdoors - 2 weeks before the last frost. 

Is a notoriously slow germinator. Can take 40 days ...... Patience!

How to Sow

Sow seeds 2.5cm/1" apart,  6mm/¼" deep.

After Germination

Keep compost moist but not very wet. 

Growing on -  in Pots

When 2.5cm/1"  tall thin/transplant to 1 plant per 7.5cm/3" or up to 3 plants per hanging basket (with other plants).


Harden off plants which have been raised indoors and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.

Growing on- in ground

When 2.5cm/1" tall thin or plant out to 20cm/8-inches apart


Cut parsley when the leaves are of a suitable size. Leaves can be used fresh or dried.

Pot up outdoor grown plants in late Autumn, before frosts for use indoors throughout the winter. Pot grown specimens will overwinter if moved to a sheltered area.

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to asparagus, tomatoes


Goes with almost everything including omelettes, salads, stews, vegetables, fish, sauces, eggs and soups and is therefore an ideal herb to use as a garnish. One of the "fines herbes" and used in Bouquet Garni

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