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Sowing parsley: how and when to grow the healthy herb step by step on the balcony.

The parsley, Petroselinum crispum, the healthy and decorative herb that we always need for cooking. Would not it be nice to always have it for harvesting on the balcony or windowsill? But how exactly do we raise a seedling from seed? When is it best to sow it? Sowing parsley – We have made a step-by-step guide for you to facilitate this little project and wish you a lot of fun and success with growing at home.

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Sowing parsley: when is the right time?

Sow parsley seeds coconut seed pots save the plant stress

Since parsley is a hardy herb, you can start sowing, outside, about four to six weeks before the last frost. If the plant is to be indoors, you can start sowing throughout the year.

Sow the herb according to the lunar calendar

Some gardeners align the sowing of parsley with the lunar calendar , swearing that this has positive effects on the growth of the plant and harvest expectations. They advise sowing leaf parsley in the following periods:

  • Feb. 19 to March 20, June 22 to July 22 and Oct. 23 to Nov. 22.

Since the moon affects the tides, it is also said to affect the fluids in the plant itself, improving growth. It’s definitely worth a try!

Grow the herb in a pot: Instructions

Sowing parsley When is the right time?

Once you’re clear on the timing, you’re ready to go. Get parsley seeds, preferably from the organic store, suitable growing soil and small growing pots with cover. Tip: As an alternative to growing pots, you can also use egg cartons or hollowed-out eggshells yourself.

Step 1

Sow parsley parsley seeds slow germination

Fill the planters with soil and drill a hole about 2 to 3 inches deep with a pin.

Step 2

Insert about 2 to 3 seeds per hole. You can soak the seeds in water for 24 hours in advance, but it’s not a must. If you prefer, instead of making a hole, you can place the seeds on the flat surface and gently press them into place with your finger.

Step 3

Parsley germinates and grows very slowly follow di tips

Then, loosely close the hole with soil, but don’t press it down too hard. Just enough so that the soil touches the seeds.

Step 4

Spray the soil with water and then cover the container with a lid or felt so that the soil stays moist and the seedlings warm.

Step 5

Wait. Now that you have done everything you need to do for now, the next thing you need to do is to be patient, because parsley seeds take a long time to germinate, in about 14 – 28 days. Also, the seeds may germinate sporadically. That is, some germinate a little earlier and others a little later, so do not be demotivated if some sprout faster and others not yet.

Care of the sprouts

The first cotyledons now it is almost done

For now, you’ll see a small stalk with two leaflets that don’t yet resemble those of parsley. Each subsequent leaf will look like a miniature parsley leaf. Not only do the seeds take a long time to germinate, but the young plant also takes a long time to grow. So be patient here too and follow these tips and you will soon have a strong and bushy plant.


As soon as the first real leaflets have grown, you can remove the covering. Because then the plants need light and ventilation. If the sprouts are placed by the window, you will grow in the direction of the light. To prevent this and promote even growth, rotate the pots daily. Alternatively, you can use a plant light and provide the young plants with light for 14-16 hours a day. For this purpose, the use of a timer is suitable, so that you do not delay or forget about a period of exposure in some circumstances.


Gently press parsley seeds 2 to 3 cm into the soil

Young plants like evenly moist soil. So do not let the soil dry out. On the other hand, it is also not beneficial if they have too much water and have to stand in water. So water them in such a way that you pour into the soil at the side of the plant and simply pour out the water that has not soaked in after about 20 minutes.


As soon as the first true leaflets have appeared, you should fertilize the plant. For this purpose, the following home remedies are suitable: a little coffee grounds or black tea. Of course, liquid fertilizer suitable for parsley is also available in stores. For plants that grow indoors or on the balcony in a flower pot, the recommendation is to fertilize them once a month. Garden parsley should be fertilized once a year.


Sow parsley repot the plant when the time comes

If you have used eggshells or suitable growing pots, for example, made of coconut fiber, you can simply put them in the flower pot or in the garden. Because parsley plants are very sensitive to repotting, so you create the least possible stress to the plant. We wish you much pleasure from your plant and a good and tasty harvest.