Everything You Need to Know About Growing Parsley Indoors
Everyone has a favorite herb and parsley is one of the top candidates for that title for me. This isn’t just a great tasting herb – it also looks great as well. My mom has a parsley plant sitting on her windowsill and she’s had it there in one form or another.
It always catches my eye and reminds me of some great home cooked meals we had at the family table sprinkled with a little parsley from that plant in the window.
If you love parsley as much as we do you may have been thinking of growing some of your own, but you weren’t quite sure how to go about it. Do you grow it indoors or outdoors? How do you get the most of homegrown parsley plants? These are both valid questions and we’re going to attempt to answer them for you.
Whether you grow plants indoors or outdoors will probably have a lot to do with what kind of climate you live in, but there’s no reason you can’t do both. We’re going to stick to how you grow parsley indoors though. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.
Find that Sunny Spot
Parsley doesn’t want to be stuck in the shade. Okay, to be honest I’ve never heard a plant express this opinion directly, but years of experience and the advice of some experts have led me to believe it’s the case. You need to find a nice sunny spot for your parsley if you want healthy plants.
It’s best to place it right in a window if you can and if that’s not possible you may want to consider moving it into a better spot during the day when you’re at work. Ideally it needs at least 6 hours if it’s going to grow successfully.
If you happen to live in a small apartment with little natural light or you can’t convince your spouse that your windowsills should be used for growing parsley you may want to consider supplemental lighting. Artificial lights can be just as good for your plants growth cycle if used efficiently.
LED lights are the popular choice these days because they’re long lasting and relatively inexpensive. You do need to be careful when purchasing these lights that they cover most, if not all, waves of the color spectrum. This will give your plants the best chance at healthy growth.
Well Drained Pot
Parsley is a herb that enjoys plenty of water during its growth cycle, but that doesn’t mean it wants to drown in it. When you’re purchasing pots for these herbs make sure they have adequate drainage holes and don’t forget to place a drainage mat underneath them, or you’ll have a heck of a mess on your hands.
The type of materials you choose for your pots, but personally I find clay ones the most attractive and durable. Plastic pots are certainly the most affordable choice and they will do the job just fine. The only problem with plastic pots is that they do tend to break rather easily and you may find yourself replacing them on an annual basis.
Start from Seeds
There are some herbs that are difficult to grow from seeds – rosemary is a fine example. Parsley is not one of them. Most people typically have more success growing parsley from seeds rather than simply buying adult plants.
The reason being is that parsley has a long taproot that just doesn’t do that well when you try to transplant it. We’re not saying it’s impossible to do, but I’ve seen more than a few experienced gardeners frustrated by the effort. You’re almost always better off going the seed route.
In today’s society we’ve become so used to instant gratification that it’s become difficult to live with having to wait for anything. That type of thinking will leave you very frustrated if you’re going to start growing parsley indoors. You have to be patient when growing any plant from the seed stage.
You need to be prepared to wait at least 4 to 6 weeks before you’ll be able to harvest anything from your plants and it may even take a little longer. If patience just isn’t your thing it might be best to consider other herbs that do well transplanted as adult plants.
Moist and Loamy Soil
One of the most significant factors in successful plant growth is choosing the right soil. There are many different kinds and it does matter which type you choose for your parsley plants. Parsley does better in a moist loamy soil.
If you’ve ever touched soil and noticed that it seemed a little spongey to the touch that’s exactly the type of soil you’re looking for. If your soil feels dry and brittle you need to add water and you may need to replace it all together. Choosing the right soil for your plants can make the difference between a successful harvest and failure.
Parsley may like moist soil, but don’t worry if you happen to forget to water it for a day or two. It’s quite a hardy herb and it will survive some minor drought conditions. Just make sure you bring it back to health before you try to harvest it if you want to get the most out of your plant.
Smaller Pots Okay
You might not think that the size of your pots will make a real difference when it comes to growing herbs, but it can. Some herbs need lots of room to grow and spread out and if you don’t place them in large pots you won’t enjoy the results.
Fortunately, parsley isn’t one of those herbs. Even small 9 inch diameter pots will work for growing parsley. It’s more about giving your plants the right amount of water, nutrient rich soil, and sunlight rather than giving them extra room to grow. Hopefully you find this advice helpful and good luck with your parsley plants.