By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
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Submitted by Allison on June 18, 2020 - 3:16pm
My Italian parsley leaves have mutated! Instead of looking like regular parsley leaves the leaves look long and thin. They taste ok. What's wrong?
Submitted by The Editors on June 19, 2020 - 4:48pm
Heat and dry soil can cause parsley to become long and thin, but so can leaving it alone (not harvesting it). Trim/harvest it and water generously. Then continue to trim it from time to time. This will cause it to sprout more leaves and maintain vigor.
Submitted by Elizabeth Johnson on February 14, 2020 - 5:24pm
Generally how many days does it take for the parsley to be ready to harvest?
Submitted by The Editors on February 24, 2020 - 9:42am
Parsley is ready to cut or harvest in about 70 to 90 days after planting. You seed packet should list days to maturity for the respective variety.
Submitted by Dan Casey on July 28, 2019 - 8:44am
I’m a person who never understood the appeal of parsley. Fresh parsley has essentially NO flavor to me whatsoever! It’s odd, but I find dried parsley both fragrant and tasty.
Submitted by Joyce B Burke on August 18, 2018 - 4:22pm
My parsley has seeds on it. What steps do I need to do to these seeds to plant them for new plants
Submitted by The Editors on August 21, 2018 - 11:21am
Parsley, a biennial, will form seeds the second year. Once the umbels (seedheads) and seeds on it are mostly brown, cut them off the stalks. Don’t wait too long, or the seeds will fall off (shatter). Dry the seeds by placing the umbels on a cloth in a well-ventilated place. Once dry, rub the umbels to remove any remaining seeds that haven’t already fallen onto the cloth. Ripe seeds should be a dark brown. Winnow out any plant debris. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark, dry location for up to 2 to 3 years.
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Submitted by Des on May 26, 2018 - 3:48pm
I have two parsley plants in containers on my deck. They have proveded prsley for my nieghbours and i for two years. However this year they seem to be prone to growing long stems with few leaves on them. They have full sun and are watered almost daily. I fertilize everything on my deck one a week.
Submitted by The Editors on May 29, 2018 - 10:38am
Parsley is really a biennial and treated as an annual in cooler regions. The second spring after planting, the plant blooms, goes to seed, and then finally gives out. It sounds like your parsley is done. It’s easy to plant new seeds. Also, to keep parsley bushy, be sure to prune. Cut stems at the base of the plant, starting on the outside, to keep it full.
Submitted by Steve on October 5, 2017 - 3:35pm
Can you plant parsley in the fall?
Submitted by The Editors on October 18, 2017 - 9:15am
Parsley is a perennial, but it would need to grow significantly to be able to grow back the following spring. So no, it’s not recommended to plant parsley in the fall. You can plant it indoors with assisted grow lights, however.
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Submitted by Adam M on January 16, 2017 - 8:45pm
I have a parsley plant that I'm growing indoors under full spectrum fluorescent lights with artificial soil. I'm feeding with a liquid organic fertilizer. The seeds are for dark green Italian flat leaf parsley, but the leaves on my parsley are more of a light green. Some of the leaves have a strange wrinkly appearance (not like curly parsley) to them and are thin feeling compared to the Italian parsley I'm used to. The temperature in the room is about 18 to 20 degrees C. The plant looks otherwise quite healthy. Any idea what this might be?
Submitted by The Editors on January 24, 2017 - 12:49pm
Hmm. That is a puzzle. Weak growth might indicate not enough light, or not enough nutrients. It sounds like your plant has those, but you might check if you can increase the light a bit (set the lights about 6 or so inches above the plant), and make sure that the plant is getting a balanced diet. Also, you might try increasing the temperature a degree or so (such as 21 C). You might also try increasing the humidity, such as setting it on a tray of pebbles ½ filled with water (make sure pot does not touch the water). Check for any pests that may be hiding under leaves or on stems, and watch for any spots or discoloring that may indicate a disease. Hope this helps!
Submitted by keith garrett on December 30, 2015 - 1:02pm
After moving my pot of parsley into the shed to stop it getting waterlogged it is now going yellow please any ideas.
Submitted by The Editors on January 4, 2016 - 10:26am
Parsley can turn yellow for several reasons. If the soil was already waterlogged, it may mean that the roots need to dry out. Your plant may have developed a disease due to the moist conditions, such as crown rot. If the disease progresses, you may need to discard the plant. Do not water until the soil is semi-dry. Water sparingly for a while, only at the base provide good air circulation and sunlight and avoid abrupt changes in temperature. Hopefully, the plant will recover. Also check for signs of insects, which may have been drawn to the sickly plant.
Submitted by EDWARD ALLINGER on June 12, 2015 - 4:00pm
I had a baeutiful parsley plant with reach deep green leaves, but now maybe after 12 months it began flowering and is now dying. how can i stop the plant from producing flowers, or do i have to renew it each year?thank you
Submitted by Debra Hawes on June 16, 2015 - 1:48pm
I live in central Florida. Is it too hot here in the summer to grow parsley?
Submitted by The Editors on June 16, 2015 - 4:14pm
Parsley is technically a biennial plant so it grows in its first season and then sends up flowers its second season. Therefore, parsley is usually treated as an annual and is pulled up and discarded after one year. Once parsley starts to flower, it is setting seed and dies.
One tip to help parsley last longer: Do not just harvest and clip off the tops. When you harvest, snip the stalks close to the ground. That way, new growth is encouraged throughout the pruning season.
Submitted by Jess denman on July 16, 2015 - 9:19am
thank you. That was very helpful.
Submitted by The Editors on January 4, 2016 - 10:30am
Parsley is a biennial, which means that it will produce leaves the first year, then flower the second year, set seed, and die. Unfortunately, that sounds like what yours is doing. Since once the plant starts flowering, the flavor of the leaves suffers, many gardeners treat parsley as an annual and just replant each year.
Submitted by Alma Renko on July 11, 2017 - 4:44pm
How do I stop parsley from flowering?
Submitted by Danielle Kelly on June 5, 2015 - 1:06pm
Hi, so I have a big beautiful parsley plant however little black pods started showing up at the top of my plant, and soon after ants began covering the tops as well. Is there a reason for this and what do I do? my plant is also flowering so my harvest season is over.
Submitted by The Editors on June 8, 2015 - 4:00pm
I'm not sure what the pods might be. I'm guessing that these are smaller than the inch-long chrysalis of the eastern black swallowtail, right? Those caterpillars like to munch parsley, and may pupate there, emerging as a butterfly later on.
Perhaps another possibility is that these little black pods are actually aphids, such as black aphids. Aphids are pear-shape and can look like pods, with tiny legs. Are the pods gathered along the stems and undersides of leaves? Usually, aphids don't move much, as they are all busy drinking sap, but if you disturb them, they will sometimes move slowly. While they drink sap, they excrete a sticky substance called honeydew. This substance are a favorite of ants, and sometimes ants will defend the aphids in order to have a supply of this honeydew. Honeydew can also develop sooty mold. If these turn out to be aphids, then you can spray them with a strong spray of water to knock them off. Repeat every few days.
Submitted by MARIO MORACA on December 7, 2014 - 10:58pm
About 6 weeks ago I brought 3 parsley containers indoors to continue growing it. I have some sunlight but mostly fluorescent light.
The plants are growing well. One plant did develop some aphids which I sprayed with Sevin. The aphids died. Now I am noticing some oblong white specks on the leaves. They don't seem to move, although they are spreading to the other plants. I have not used or eaten any of the new growth. In the center of the main stalk there is more growth, which is very deep green.
What am I up against with these little white devils? Is this parsley still edible? Your help would be appreciated very much.
Submitted by The Editors on December 9, 2014 - 10:43am
You may have leaf spot which is maybe fungal disease. It can be treated with a fungicide made for edibles.We suggest removing the affected leaves, putting the plants in an area with good air circulation and watering so that leaves don't get wet.
Submitted by Joan Kelly on September 1, 2014 - 11:11am
my last parsley plant was covered with catapillars who eventually ate all the parsley, I am about to plant another parsley, any suggestions to keep this from happening again. Thanks
Submitted by The Editors on September 2, 2014 - 9:38am
The caterpillar/s was an early stage in the formation of the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly, an important pollinator. Plants in the carrot family—including parsley, dill, fennel, and Queen Anne's Lace (in the wild) as well as carrots—are its desirable host, and it eats only these, which contain furanocoumarins (chemicals in the seed coat). Some sources say that "infestations" of the larva are uncommon.
You could plant one or more of the hosts as an alternate lure. Or plant more parsley so as to have enough later. Or try row/plant cover, to keep the plants from becoming hosts.
We hope this helps.