Guide on growing and harvesting parsnips. Parsnips are vegetable plants that require full, partial sun. The soil pH slightly acidic to neutral. Preferred soil type is sandy or loamy soil.
Special features are carrot like shape with hardiness zones 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. This tasty biennial vegetable are perfect for stews and soup.
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There are different varieties of parsnip however a good one is Gladiator. Other recommended varieties are Cobham and Avonresister-short.
The first step is to work the sandy soil to loosen to a depth of 14 inches. Then introduce 3 inch compost or organic material.
Select fresh seeds from a local farmer and sow 2 seeds 1 inch deep. Although parsnips are long season plants the seedlings emerge in 14 – 21 days.
1. Loosen soil
2. Dig depth 15 inches
3. Add compost 3 inches
4. Choose fresh seeds
5. Sow 2 in each hole 1 inch
6. Seedling emerge 21 days
Care, Pests and Diseases
Avoid waterlogged soil and sow 5 inches apart. Water in hot weather and weed appropriately. A good geographical location that has rainfall of 2 inches a week is perfect for parsnips.
Common pests and diseases are leaf miners and aphids. Others include parsnip canker, carrot rust flies.
• Avoid waterlogged area
• Sow in sandy r loamy soil
• Weed regularly
• Apply compost
Pests and Diseases
• Leaf miners
• Parsnip canker
• Carrot rust flies
Harvesting and Storage
It takes 4 months for parsnip to reach full maturity. Harvest before ground freezes but leave some in ground in frosty soil for a while. This is because slight frost improves the taste and flavor.
Some gardeners leave them through winter by introducing thick cover of mulch. It is important to harvest immediately on the onset of spring once the grown thaws.