Growing parsley indoors is a viable procedure which is easily executed by any careful gardener. Parsley makes an excellent addition to any indoor herb garden because it is hardy and can be used in almost every dish as an ingredient or garnish. Parsley is perfect for window box planting alongside any other indoor plants you are raising. This article gives you step by step instructions detailing how to propagate parsley from seeds.
Step 1 - Purchase and Prepare Seeds
Germinating parsley seeds is monotonously slow and is best carried out by using the most viable seeds which are those that are less than five weeks old. To accelerate the process, soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours before planting. Do not be afraid if the seeds break open and sprout; this is a good sign, you have very fresh seeds!
Step 2 - Prepare Container and Plant Seeds
Choose a permanent container to grow your parsley in that has a soil carrying capacity of at least one gallon. Fill the bottom inch of the container with gravel before topping it off with a nutrient rich potting soil. It is best to choose an organic potting soil that has time release fertilizer. This way you will know that your plants are in healthy soil that is loaded with food.
Sprinkle your parsley seeds over the prepared container and cover the seeds with a light dusting of potting soil. Make sure that you keep the seeds moist; consider covering them with a layer of plastic wrap to increase the humidity. Remember that germination is extremely slow; sprouts will appear within three or four weeks.
Step 3 - Raise the Seedlings
When seedlings emerge, they will need careful care if they are going to reach maturity. Once the sprouts reach two or three inches in height you must thin the seeds in order to free up room for your mature plants roots. Thin the seedlings according to what is prescribed by the seed packet in which your parsley seeds were purchased.
As the seedlings mature, you will need to remember to keep them moist but not sopping wet. Consider using a spray bottle to mist the foliage and top layer of soil on a daily basis. A light mulch of ground up leaves or grass clippings will help retain moisture if you’re unable to water on a daily basis.
Step 4 - Basic Care for Indoor Parsley
Parsley grown indoors may be a little spindly when compared to parsley that is grown outdoors because of the difference in light levels. If you are concerned about this, consider purchasing a small grow light to supplement the natural light that the plant receives.
Fertilize parsley every other week during watering; it is best to use a liquid fertilizer. Aside from fertilization, parsley is fairly easy to care for. The most important element for parsley is moist soil and full sunlight. As long as you can maintain these conditions, parsley will thrive in your home.