How to grow
- Type: Biennial, but usually grown as an annual.
- Light: Full sun; likes afternoon shade in hot areas.
- Soil: Well amended soil, good drainage.
- Water: Moderate; keep soil moist until well-rooted.
- Size: 12-18" height, 12-18" width, depending on variety.
When to plant/propagate
Parsley needs cool weather to germinate, which can take several weeks.
- From seed: Start seeds 9 weeks prior to transplant date.
- Transplants: Plant seedlings Feb-May.
- Pick continuously throughout the growing season.
- Parsley can be grown as an indoor plant with 6 hours of bright light from a sunny window, or 12-16 hours of supplemental light provided by cool white fluorescent or LED lamps.
Common pests & diseases
- Cilantro and Parsley Pest Management Guidelines, UC Integrated Pest Management
- Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County
- Growing Parsley in Home Gardens, University of Minnesota Extension
- Parsley Report, UC Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco Counties
Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
- Italian Gigante
Also, see our list of Spring Garden Market Herbs.
*Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.