Approximately 500-600 seeds per gram. Lot# PA12000 Petroselinum crispum Dark Green Italian Parsley is quite plain in appearance but has an impressive distinct flavor. This variety grows flat, dark green celery like leaves that are deeply cut on stiff, upright stems. Plants can easily grow as tall as 25-40 cm (10-16”) with an average plant diameter of 15-20 cm (6-8”). Parsley is fairly easy to grow, and makes an excellent addition to any herb garden. Dark Green Italian is an excellent variety for drying.
Soak seeds in water for 12-24 hours before sowing. Sow the very tiny seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Seeds should be sown 6 mm (¼”) deep. Plant 2-3 seeds per 2.5 cm (1”). They should sprout anywhere from 12-28 days. Transplant the seedlings to the garden once all risk of frost is past. All savories prefer full sun and well-drained soil.
Soil Conditions: Well worked loose soil. Sow the seeds on the surface of dampened, sterilized seed starting mix under bright light with bottom heat. Keep watering to a minimum. Herbs grow best in well-drained fertile soils, so a garden bed that is well prepared with plenty of organic matter will increase your chances of success. Maintain a soil pH of 6.5. After seeding or transplanting, keep the soil moist and well weeded. When seedlings are large enough, harden them off and transplant to the garden or to containers spacing them at 20 cm (8”) apart.
Planting Depth: Surface seed and moisten seed. Lightly press into the planting medium.
Height at Maturity: 25-40 cm (10-16”). Spread at Maturity: 15-20cm (6-8”).
Days to Maturity: Pick when plant is able to support harvesting.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: 20 cm (8”)
Additional Information Open pollinated-untreated Seeds. Cut individual sprigs as needed from the outside edges of the plants. For drying, cut all but the center growth. Quick dry the leaves in a food dehydrator, then store in an airtight container in the dark. Parsley's vitamin K content merits it a focal place at the table rather than its familiar status as a mere garnish. With over 155% DV of vitamin K packed in just 2 tablespoons, it's a potent source of nutrition, but its health benefits don't end there. It's also rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and vitamins A and C.