Veseys

Canada (Switch to US)

Information for Gardeners

Parsnip

Veseys Home » Growing Vegetables »  Parsnip

Pastinaca sativa

Planting:

Parsnip seed does not keep well from year to year; use only fresh seed, sowing as early as ground can be worked. Sow seed ½" deep in rows 18-24" apart. Thin to 3 inches apart. Adequate moisture and a cool soil temperature of 15-18°C (60-65°F) is essential for good germination which may take up to 21 days.

Growing:

Full sun with a soil pH of 6.5. Requires a rich, deeply cultivated soil with plenty of organic matter, incorporate compost or well rotted manure prior to planting.

Harvest:

Harvest any time once roots are adequately sized. Parsnips are tender and flavourful in the fall. A few light frosts will improve the flavour. They may also be mulched and left in ground over winter and dug as the ground thaws.

Pests:

Parsnips are fairly pest-free and disease-free, however, they are susceptible to root maggot damage. Use row covers to protect young seedlings early in the season.

Companions:

Bush bean, garlic, onion, pea, pepper, potato, radish.