Soil

What soil is good for Parsnip?

 Parsnips require a loamy soil that is loose and free of debris and clumps to avoid malformation and forking.  

Position

How much sun does Parsnip need?

Prefer full sun. Will tolerate part sun. 

Frost Tolerant

Is Parsnip frost tolerant?

Yes

Spacing

How much space does Parsnip need?

20cm apart 

Planting

When should I plant Parsnip?

Parsnips are a cool season crop and can be grown from autumn through to spring. 

It's best to direct sow parsnip seeds rather than transplant seedlings. 

Feeding

What do I feed Parsnip?

 Prepare the soil well before planting with plenty of compost. An organic low nitrogen fertiliser can be added if needed. Too much nitrogen will promote leafy green top growth rather than root growth. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Parsnip?

Parsnips can be harvested over a long period. You will generally notice the base of the Parsnip emerge to the top of the soil when it is close to, or ready for harvest. You can also move the soil around the surface to check the diameter of the Parsnip, harvest at your preferred size. 

Pests

What pests does Parsnip get?

Aphids, Carrot Rust Fly, Millipedes, Slugs, Snails, Root Knot Nematodes, Armyworms, Cutworm, Leafhopper

Diseases

What diseases does Parsnip get?

Carrot Leaf Blight, Powdery Mildew, Cavity Spot, Itersonilia Canker, Downy Mildew

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Parsnip?

Malformation and forking can be avoided by having light soil which is free of debris. 

 

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