Parsnip Growing Guide

Pastinaca sativa


Crop Rotation Group

Umbelliferae (Carrot and root family) 


Deeply worked soil that has not had compost or manure added within 6 months.


Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant



Not required.


Single Plants: 7" (20cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 7" (20cm) with 11" (30cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow direct into soil, and cover the seeded bed or furrow with a board to keep it moist. Germination often takes up to 2 weeks.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Thin seedlings to proper spacing when they are 4 inches tall. Mulch to deter weeds and keep soil moist.


Use a digging fork to loosen soil along outside of the planting before pulling roots. Can be left in the soil through winter in many areas.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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