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Parsnip in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Pastinaca sativa

 

Parsnip

Parsnip is a root vegetable closely related to carrot and parsley. The edible tap-root is creamy-white in colour. It is a biennial plant, but if left in the ground for a second year it becomes too tough to be edible.

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plant Features
  • Parsnip likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Parsnip likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Parsnip is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Parsnip likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Parsnip

Latin name

Pastinaca sativa

type

Root Vegetable

family

Apiaceae

ph

6.0 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Parsnip likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Parsnip is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Parsnip likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Parsnip likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Parsnip is 0.30meters x 0.50meters 0.30 M 0.50 M

Pastinaca sativa

Parsnip is a root vegetable closely related to carrot and parsley. The edible tap-root is creamy-white in colour. It is a biennial plant, but if left in the ground for a second year it becomes too tough to be edible.


Propagating by seed

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Seeds should be sown where the plants are required, in soil that has been well dug and raked, and stones removed. Sow a small pinch of seeds every 2" along a row, and when they have their first true leaves, thin out leaving just the strongest seedling in each group. Do not attempt to transplant thinned seedlings - they will fork if transplanted.

 

Planting

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

Do not attempt to transplant parsnip seedlings, as they will fork.

 
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