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Parsnips can be grown in pots, however, due to their size, it’s not generally recommended. You will need a pot at least 600mm wide and deep. If you have the space, they’re better suited to growing in the garden.
Parsnips can take 4-5 months to reach maturity, so it’s important that the plants are well settled in before the really cold weather arrives. However, once the plants are established, frost is said to sweeten the flavour of the roots.
Parsnips keep very well in the soil, so harvest can continue over a long period. Any spare space between rows can be used to grow small lettuces or other compact vegies.
Carefully weed around parsnip plants to avoid damaging the crown of the plant.
Seed germination can be slow; it can take up to 3-4 weeks particularly in cooler climates. It’s important to not let the soil dry out during this time.
It’s best to sow fresh parsnip seeds as old seeds can have a poor germination rate.