Parsley ‘Italian giant’

An Italian parsley.
Common name : Parsley ‘Italian giant’
Scientific name : Petroselinum crispum 'Géant d'Italie'
Family : Apiaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Biennial
The stronger - and bigger parsley of all!

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7b
Height 20 - 40
pH 7

Identify my parsley ‘italian giant’

Parley is a biennial that grows from 25 to 80 cm, highly aromatic when crushed, with a characteristic scent. The stems are ribbed and the leaves are smooth-faced and shiny green in divided pairs, especially those near the base. The higher leaves often have long, straight, three-lobed leaves. The flowers, yellow-green tending to white in full bloom, are grouped in composite umbels of eight to twenty petals. Flat leaf parsley may be confused with poison hemlock (Aethusa cynapium), a toxic plant of the same family. Hemlock leaves look very much like parsley, but they can be distinguised by the reddish traces at the base of their stems and by their unpleasant odor.

Sow my parsley ‘italian giant’

Parsley seedlings, famously difficult, are in fact a good way to get your hands on a quality plant. You can seed directly in place, starting at the end of winter through the end of summer in order to spread out your harvests. Choose a semi-shaded location — the sun can yellow the leaves! In fact, the emergence of the seedlings can be a little complicated, and especially slow — sometimes a whole month! Speed up the process by soaking the seeds in a glass of water for 48 hours before seeding. Make sure the soil stays moist during the first few weeks after seeding, until the seedlings emerge! Seed in light, well-drained soil, making grovves every 10-15 cm and covering the seeds with 1 to 2 cm of fresh potting soil.

Thin out my parsley ‘italian giant’

When your parsley shoots each have two to three leaves, thin them in a manner that leaves only one plant every 20 cm, keeping only the most vigorous plants.

Dibble my parsley ‘italian giant’

Transplant seedlings sown under shelter to your vegetable garden after the last frosts, choosing the best plants. use well-drained, deep soil with a low clay content. Install the plant very delicately — the roots are still very fragile!

Plant my parsley ‘italian giant’

Choose a location sheltered from direct sun and wind. The soil must be well drained in order to prevent water from stagnating: the ideal is a substrate of potting soil with an addition of 10% sand. It is also perfectly suited for indoors, behind a window, or on a balcony, potted or in a box: if you wish to keep it potted, transplant it immediately in a bigger pot after buying - a simple terracotta pot will do the trick! Keep it in the shade — the sun will dry out it's soil too quickly!

Water my parsley ‘italian giant’

Parsley appreciates regular watering — in case of drought, it will start to produce...seeds! And yes, for parsley, dryness signals the end of summer, in other words, the time to think about reproduction! Therefore don't forget it!

Mulch my parsley ‘italian giant’

You can mulch between the plants one to two weeks after planting with the aid of a mulch which holds in moisture. This will limit evaporation from the soil, and thus the need to water and to weed.

Reap my parsley ‘italian giant’

You can cook with parsley leaves all year long! Give preference to the primary leaves by cutting the entire stem to encourage new shoots to sprout. Take advantage of this to get rid of wilted stems, especially those that are going to seed!

Protect my parsley ‘italian giant’

During winter, you may try to cover your parsley with the help of a transparent cover in order to continue harvesting until the next spring.

Remove my parsley ‘italian giant’

Parsley is a biennial plant, like coriander. In general, it should provide a good harvest of leaves in the first season, and especially of seeds! It's important to spread out the seeds for a regular harvest. It's possible to gather the seeds in the second year, but in this case don't mix varieties at the risk of crossing generations by accident!

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