Parsnip Germination

I don’t know how anybody else is doing but my parsnip germination is nowhere near as good as last year. We certainly don't need this fence and the wire covers to keep the birds off - there's nothing for them to peck at! I reckon that we’ve got about half the seeds germinating that we had last year, and now the weather has warmed up, I’m wondering whether to resow the stations that haven’t had a seed germinate yet. The alternative is to sow in cells and the transplant. Not sure which would be best – there are arguments for both sides.

Parsnips don’t like root disturbance, but they are also notoriously difficult to get started, so is it better to absolutely control germination conditions and then run the risk of root disturbance, or to sow in situ and leave it to fate what happens climatically, but with confidence that what does germinate will probably be happy where it is. Decisions, decisions …

And the pollinators have arrived! Now the sun is here, plot 201 is murmurous with bees, especially around the sage which they particularly appreciate this year, maybe because other flowers are so late getting started.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Saturday, June 5, 2010


Anonymous said...

I've had two parsnips germinate this year and i am very prod as I've never had so much as one before...would it not be too late to put in some more?? If not I will give a go starting some off in peat pots maybe??? What do you think??

June 5, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Tania said...

I always water the ground before I plant my seed which improves germination. Also I sow a little later than normal so the ground has really warmed up.

Hope this helps.


June 14, 2010 at 11:55 PM  

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