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Parsely, can it go outside

Posted by greyandamy SW PA (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 2, 11 at 10:49

I started parsley, hearing it's very fickle to germinate. And I was unsure of seed quality. Well, in three days, parsley sprouted. (thus not going to the devil and back, as per the myth). I refuse to do florescent lights this year (at least, yet)... I know it's a biennial. Can I rudely throw it out in the cold (night temps still as low as 20) or have I ruined it by starting inside? Please let me know. Thank you, I'm new to parsely.

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RE: Parsely, can it go outside

Put it in a window at the least. You will need to wait till the danger of frost is gone then you will need to harden it off.

Hardening off = slowly acclimating it to the outside elements.

If you have extra seeds maybe you can start some outside for that just in case factor. Several reasons why people do not sow successfully indoors. One is because of the hardening off. Two because of damp off. Three light.

damp off = fungal disease that kill seedlings. It actually looks like someone took a finger nail and actually sliced the seedling.

If you grow outside you do not have to worry about damp off or hardening off. Check out the winter sowing forum for more tips regarding growing outside during winter months!! There is some great economic advice given in regards to growing from seed.

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