Giant of Italy Parsley Guide

This Giant of Italy is straight out of Jötunheim; surprisingly resilient, it doesn’t mind a little nip in the air so count on plucking Parsley for chimichurri into those cooler grilling months. Remember, for the best results in making Chimichurri, allow your shallots and garlic to hang out in a bowl for a bit and to drizzle the olive oil into your processor as it spins.

 

TO SOW

Parsley grows well in a wide range of temperatures between 55°F-80°F. They do great in containers and gardens. Bank on Seeds recommends transplanting.

If Direct Seeding

  • Direct seed outside 4-6 weeks after last frost date; or
  • Direct seed into a container 8 inches deep and wide anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 55°F-80°F; or

If Transplanting

Begin the growing season early and start the parsley seeds indoors in trays or pods 2-3 weeks before the last frost date; germination is best between 55°F-90°F. It can be transplanted outside 6 weeks later.

Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and 4 inches apart with rows spaced 8-12 inches apart. Germination will take 14-28 days.

Thin the seedlings to 8 inches apart if they start competing for space or light.

TO GROW

Giant of Italy parsley likes well-drained, rich soil with lots of aged compost. They also love full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Water moderately, letting the soil dry fully before watering again. Parsley is hardy so don’t worry if you overwater a bit.

Option to add aged compost onto the top layer of soil or mix into the soil for continued nutrition for the plants. 5-10-5 fertilizer can be applied every 6-8 weeks but is not necessary if composted well.

TO REAP

Parsley is full grown (mature) in 60 days. In its first year, pick the leaves and stems starting from the outer edges as needed. In its second year, the taproot can be harvested and eaten!

PESTS/DISEASES

Aphids, slugs, carrot root flies, Japanese beetles – neem oil, floating row covers, insecticide

Blight, wilt, root rot – ensure soil is well draining or the container has good drainage holes that are not blocked, avoid overwatering

*Plant parsley with asparagus, corn, tomatoes, and peppers. Avoid planting with or near onions, lettuce, mints, and carrots. *