Parsnip

No known alternate names

Pastinaca sativa – Apiaceae

Description

Height – 12 to 18 inches
Spread – 10 to 15 inches
Root Depth – Most are limited 2 feet
Hardiness – Very hardy, can tolerate heavy frost
Exposure – Partial shade, needs 5 hours of sun each day

Planting

Depth – 1/2 inch
Extensive Spacing
  In Row – Spacing between plants within row in inches
  Between Rows – Spacing between rows in inches
Intensive Spacing – 9 plants per square foot

Direct Seed
  Spring – From 4 weeks prior to last expected frost to 4 weeks after last expected frost
  Fall – n/a

Transplant – Not usually transplanted
  Spring Inside – n/a
  Spring Outside – n/a
  Fall Inside – n/a
  Fall Outside – n/a

Succession – Not required

Requirements

Germination – 50°F to 70°F
Growth
  Soil – 55°F to 70°F
  Air – ??? to ???
pH – 6.0 to 8.0
Watering – Moderate, 1″ per week
Fertilizer – Light feeder, one application of fertilizer per year with no supplemental feedings

Duration

Germination – 15 to 25 days
Maturity – 18 to 24 weeks
Harvest – n/a

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