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i have bought 2 packets parsnip seeds but have had no luck on germinating . I have tried in green house on windowsill in house also on veg plot but nothing  can any one advise me please the compost i am using in trys is for seedling i not over wartered them in the veg plot covered them with tunnel in green house i had them on a thermastatic tray.

Would love some advise please also how long should i wait for germination 


  • when did you sow them?

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,011

    They can take some time to germinate 3 or 4 weeks. Also the seeds should be fresh, past their sell by date doesn't work. Although my gardening book says sow from early spring I always wait until the weather warms up and you can get as fine a tilth as possible. Then sow outdoors and don't let them dry out while germinating. They can be tricky, but there is plenty of time as they are in the ground a long time.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • chicachica Posts: 252

    hi bruce you are not on your own neither has mine although they are new seeds  so im just going to wait some of my farmer friends are having the same problem

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Parsnips can take weeks to germinate, they are very moody and have a habit of being stubborn.

    Continue to keep moist and wait.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    I agree, they can take weeks to germinate and you mustn't allow them to dry out at any point.  In my judgement it's too cold at my location (E.mids) to sow mine yet.  One 'trick' I use for outdoor sowing is to prepare a wider then normal row and do 3 side by side sowings, each a week or so apart, marking each row with string so that the previous sowings are not disturbed.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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