Growing Parsnips

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name: Pastinaca sativa




Planting time: SP,FA
Seeds per ounce: 18000
Ounces per square foot: .002
Minimum legal germination rate: 60%
Germination type:

Long Germination

The ancient Greeks and Romans grew Parsnips and the early colonists brought them to America from Europe. Unfortunately, Parsnips have lost their popularity over the years and not many gardeners grow them today.

Parsnips are easy to grow but you need patience as they are a little difficult to germinate and can take up to 105 days to mature. Their flavor, however, is worth the wait and be eaten themselves or used in soups.


In garden spacing (inches): 4
In flat spacing (inches): 1
Planting depth (inches): Cover seed with soil
Maximum number of plants per square foot: 13
Nutrient relationship:: Heavy Feeder


Days to maturity: 105
Harvesting period (days): 28-56
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: 1.5


Diseases: Black Root Rot, Cankers, Cotton Root Rot, Crown Rot, Damping off, Root Knot Nematode
Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder) Carrot Rust Fly, Carrot Rust Fly, Carrot Weevil, Eastern Field Wireworm, Parsnipsworm


All America, Harris Model, Hollow Crown


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