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I have tried growing parsley from seed with little success. Can anyone tell me if I planted a pot bought from the supermarket will it grow and will it  survive a Scottish winter outside ? 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

    It's a biennial so won't last long but letting it seed in the garden will probably get you some babies naturally. I'm sure it's hardy enough for Scotland

  • JANAPANAJANAPANA Posts: 23

    Thanks nutcutlet I wasn't sure if the supermarket plants would survive outside. 

     

  • I wouldn't waste time or money on the Supermarket pots...........they have generally been forced to provide one helping of parsley.

    The best way is to buy a good potted plant  from a garden centre where they are kept in an outside display.  Most of these consist of lots of seedlings grown together.  With patience, you can separate into several little clumps and pot or plant out when the conditions allow.

    Parsley can take ages to germinate........some suggest pouring hot water over the seeds when sowing.

  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 277

    I've always followed my granddad's example...prepare the site, then pour boiling water over the surface.  Wait about 5-10 seconds for it to seep right in, then sow and cover with a fine tilth...works EVERY time, no matter what the variety of parsley or the type of soil.

  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    Ours happily overwintered at 1500 feet in Switzerland, so I think you'll be fine in terms of hardiness. Just give it a good sized pot with plenty to eat and drink during the summer and cut off the straggly and yellow bits as and when.

    Seeds can take ages and ages by the way.

  • staffsmagsstaffsmags Posts: 230

    I have a parsley that came from a supermarket  'windowsill herbs' pot.  It has done well for the past 4 years.  It is in free draining soil. I pay no attention to it except to gather plentiful quantities of the stuff.  But I don't think Staffordshire will get as cold as Scotland ..................   For what the supermarket pots cost it's worth a go.  I also have thyme and chives which have thrived for years.  Mags

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    As long as you get the little supermarket plant acclimatised to out side; have it out in the day and in at night for a few days; keep an eye on frost warnings, then leave it out when it seems sensible to do so, obviously in a larger pot.

    Am just off to pour boiling water on a seed trayimage

  • Mags............good 4 uimage

    I love Parsley and use a lot of it so my method of dividing and planting works well for me. Cost wise, I find it more effective.  I allow some to set seed and am usually rewarded by plenty of new plants. 

    I do exactly the same with Chives - keep cutting but then allow some to set seed .  I generally keep at least one row just for the flowers to eat with a good mixed saladimage 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,790
    lydiaann wrote (see)

    I've always followed my granddad's example...prepare the site, then pour boiling water over the surface.  Wait about 5-10 seconds for it to seep right in, then sow and cover with a fine tilth...works EVERY time, no matter what the variety of parsley or the type of soil.

    I've been doing this year after year since I was a child - never had a problem getting it germinated yet image

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