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28/03/2014 at 13:48

I have tried growing parsley from seed with little success. Can anyone tell me if I planted a pot bought from the supermarket will it grow and will it  survive a Scottish winter outside ? 

28/03/2014 at 13:54

It's a biennial so won't last long but letting it seed in the garden will probably get you some babies naturally. I'm sure it's hardy enough for Scotland

28/03/2014 at 14:02

Thanks nutcutlet I wasn't sure if the supermarket plants would survive outside. 

 

28/03/2014 at 14:07

I wouldn't waste time or money on the Supermarket pots...........they have generally been forced to provide one helping of parsley.

The best way is to buy a good potted plant  from a garden centre where they are kept in an outside display.  Most of these consist of lots of seedlings grown together.  With patience, you can separate into several little clumps and pot or plant out when the conditions allow.

Parsley can take ages to germinate........some suggest pouring hot water over the seeds when sowing.

28/03/2014 at 14:12

I've always followed my granddad's example...prepare the site, then pour boiling water over the surface.  Wait about 5-10 seconds for it to seep right in, then sow and cover with a fine tilth...works EVERY time, no matter what the variety of parsley or the type of soil.

28/03/2014 at 14:16

Ours happily overwintered at 1500 feet in Switzerland, so I think you'll be fine in terms of hardiness. Just give it a good sized pot with plenty to eat and drink during the summer and cut off the straggly and yellow bits as and when.

Seeds can take ages and ages by the way.

28/03/2014 at 15:02

I have a parsley that came from a supermarket  'windowsill herbs' pot.  It has done well for the past 4 years.  It is in free draining soil. I pay no attention to it except to gather plentiful quantities of the stuff.  But I don't think Staffordshire will get as cold as Scotland ..................   For what the supermarket pots cost it's worth a go.  I also have thyme and chives which have thrived for years.  Mags

28/03/2014 at 15:37

As long as you get the little supermarket plant acclimatised to out side; have it out in the day and in at night for a few days; keep an eye on frost warnings, then leave it out when it seems sensible to do so, obviously in a larger pot.

Am just off to pour boiling water on a seed tray

28/03/2014 at 15:43

Mags............good 4 u

I love Parsley and use a lot of it so my method of dividing and planting works well for me. Cost wise, I find it more effective.  I allow some to set seed and am usually rewarded by plenty of new plants. 

I do exactly the same with Chives - keep cutting but then allow some to set seed .  I generally keep at least one row just for the flowers to eat with a good mixed salad 

28/03/2014 at 21:00

I too,use the boiling water method with guaranteed success. However, last year I could not germinate it after several attempts.  Hoping for better this year 

28/03/2014 at 21:02
lydiaann wrote (see)

I've always followed my granddad's example...prepare the site, then pour boiling water over the surface.  Wait about 5-10 seconds for it to seep right in, then sow and cover with a fine tilth...works EVERY time, no matter what the variety of parsley or the type of soil.

I've been doing this year after year since I was a child - never had a problem getting it germinated yet 

28/03/2014 at 23:06

Grow from seed is my advice, I've got eight plants outside the front door right now. One key point with parsley is that they love a deep root run, important if you are growing them in pots. 30cm deep is not too deep at all.

29/03/2014 at 06:39

Pilippa, when you divide, do you just chop the root in divisions, or pull it apart?

29/03/2014 at 08:21

Thanks for All the advice. I will try the methods advised and let you know what happens. 

29/03/2014 at 09:02

I bought a tray of 6 different herbs for £3.99 about 5 yeas ago. The parsley just keeps growing and growing. I pull it out and it just keeps coming back. It's also in various pots around my garden. I don't know about germinating difficulties - it seems to self seed quite happily!  Most of the others didn't do so well apart from the chives. I now have 3 clumps of them.

29/03/2014 at 09:25

Artjac......if the potted parsley consists of lots of seedlings sown together, I gently tease them apart and pot them up.......some will be too small to pot separately so those I put together.  I've managed as many as 18 or 19 small pots from just one bought pot.  Grow on for a few weeks and then plant out. This method works well for me.

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