Approximately 750-800 seeds per gram. Lot# PA12004 Petroselinum crispum gigante d'Italia An Italian parsley that is pleasantly flavourful, commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine. Hilmar is a robust, dark green, flat leaved variety with strong stems for bunching and intensely aromatic leaves. Like other parsley, Hilmar is slow to germinate (10-20 Days).
Parsley is slow to germinate & requires 14-21 days, especially if direct seeded. Sow seeds 2-3 cm (¼”) deep with 3-4 seeds per cell (soaking overnight in warm water speeds up germination). Plant seeds 8-10 weeks before last spring frost. Thin to one plant or leave all growing. Space 30 cm (12") apart in rows. Can also be direct seeded, sowing 4-5 seeds every 30 cm (12") and either thin or let them all grow. Hilmar is cold hardy and will be able to take heavy frosts and survive zone 6 winters if given some protection. As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
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: Sow seeds 2-3 cm (¼”) deep with 3-4 seeds per cell.
Height at Maturity: 45-60 cm (18-24”) tall. Spread: 45 cm cm (18”) wide.
Days to Maturity: Pick when plant is able to support harvesting (75 days).
Watering: Average water requirements. An inch of water a week ensures good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week affects how much you should water your garden. Keep soil consistently moist. We utilize drip irrigation to keep leaves dry and slow disease development
Sun/Shade: Full Sun.
Spacing after Thinning: 20 cm (8”)
Additional Information Open pollinated-untreated seed. Parsley prefers full sun but is tolerant of partial shade. Harvest large outer leaves and allow new inner leaves to mature for continual harvest. In temperate climates it is biennial; with the protection of a cold frame or snow cover. It comes back each spring and can be harvested for about a month before it goes to seed. Harvest the outer leaves by cutting them at the base of the leafstalk. Harvest leaves as needed. Sprigs are delicious in salads and make an excellent accent for vegetables and potatoes. Chewing on a just picked leaf can freshen your breath. Fresh parsley may be stored in zip lock bags in the fridge for a week. Fresh leaves freeze well in ice cubes or sealed zip lock bags, and may also be dried. It can be used in vinegars or made into parsley herbed butter.