Pastinaca sativa 'Palace F1'

Pastinaca sativa ‘Palace F1’


  • Botanical name: Pastinaca sativa 'Palace F1'
  • Common name: Parsnip
  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa, ‘Palace F1’ is a superb variety, bearing uniform, smooth-skinned roots with an excellent, sweet flavour. Vigorous and resistant to canker, the Royal Horticultural Society has given it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). 


Parsnips are easy to grow and are well suited to roasting or using in soups and stews. There’s no need to harvest them all at once – let them stay in the ground until you’re ready to use them. 

Parsnips make an excellent companion plant to members of the onion family, such as garlic, onions and leeks, as well as other vegetables such as peas and sweet peppers. Try growing parsnips in between a row of other crops to save space. Sow seed direct in drills or stations on well-prepared, moist but well-drained soil in sun to partial shade, from late February to May. Lightly cover with a thin layer of compost or soil. Seeds can take a while to germinate and some gardeners choose to sow parsnip and radish seed together – the radish will germinate quickly, marking the spot for the parsnip, and will be ready to harvest long before the parsnip needs the space.


Water parsnips only in very dry conditions, to encourage the roots to grow deeper into the soil. Harvest between November and February – it’s said that parsnips taste sweeter after the first frosts. 

How to grow Pastinaca 'Palace F1'

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    20cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Sow in December


Do Harvest in January

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Do not Harvest in June

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Do not Harvest in September

Do Harvest in October

Do Harvest in November

Do Harvest in December

Pastinaca 'Palace F1' and wildlife

Pastinaca 'Palace F1' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Pastinaca 'Palace F1' poisonous?

Pastinaca 'Palace F1' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People