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Bolted parsnips ....what can I do ?

Grown parsnips this year for the first time - I’ve been away and upon my return the first row has bolted. Presumably not enough watering in my absence.
Is there anything I can to do rescue these  ? I have lopped off the flowering heads fwiw.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,580
    Leave the flowering heads for the insects, but the roots will have gone hard and woody.  Umbellifers attract some really interesting insects.
  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,302
    There is nothing to be done. What a shame .
  • Darn it ! 
    I suppose I could pull them up and reseed ....

  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,655
    edited June 2022
    Sorry as well but we haven't been able to grow parsnips for many years now and to see that you had some that could have been harvested a little time ago ...well you did better than us even though they have have bolted.
  • Oh these were only sown in feb/mar so I hadn’t planned on harvesting until next winter !
    i have another row which are going ok atm so I’ll keep a close eye on them.

  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,302
    That’s all you can do ……good luck .
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    I can’t imagine how they’ve grown in three months from seed to bolt. 
    Mine are about 3” tall. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Well well they were about 2 feet tall when I came back home from being away !
    As I said I’ve never grown them before but didn’t expect that really !
    perhaps I’ll add a photo next time ...
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,080
    You could sow some more. Depends on the weather and they may be quite small, but it's actually not too late to get a crop for Jan / Feb
    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • Foe info - they turned out just fine. We’ve been eating them as ordinary veg and in soups ...

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