Wintersowing Parsley in Zone 5

em247(5a IA)December 14, 2013

I was wondering if anyone had experience wintersowing parsley in zone 5 and when you started it. It doesn't list parsley on the wintersowing website as one of the recommended herbs, and I've seen some people post about starting it later (March-ish), but it seems like an herb that would benefit from cold stratification and some freezes and thaws to loosen the seed coat since it takes so long to germinate. This is my first year wintersowing so any recommendations from you experienced wintersowers would be greatly appreciated. : )

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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Hi, Em247,
I just started parsley in a jug late summer/early fall and it sprouted wonderfully. I'm sure it would do well with wintersowing. I would save it for later in the winter, since it doesn't specifically need stratification. Then again, it is very hardy, so would likely do fine anytime. Fennel is similar, though it tends to reseed in ideal locations, so you may never be rid of it. Both are great for the Black Swallowtail Butterflies.


    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 8:30AM
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em247(5a IA)

Thanks for the tips Martha. : )

I'm up to 18 containers now and I really enjoy Parsley, so I was itching to get it started, but I better just hold my horses and focus on the seeds that actually need cold stratification first and save the parsley for later in the spring. I'll be sure to plant a few extras to save for my mom or the butterflies

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 8:43AM
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Last year I started it at the end of Feb. It was a great year for my parsley in pots (for the swallowtails).

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 9:04PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Usually and often, parsley seeds fall off , stay in ground, over winter and germinate the following season. But I don't know what percentage of the seeds survive and actually germinate.

Another thing about parsley is that it takes a lot longer than most herbs to germinate. When you are about disappointed and want to give up on them, they start germinating.

I already have a parsley patch. What I will do is to scatter some more seeds in between the old ones. I know that the ones from last year are going to go to flowers/seed.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 11:26AM
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