Seeding Parsley and Cilantro

Seeded parsley germinating

Seeded parsley germinating

Rainy and warm winter weather is perfect to get parsley to grow. Each year when it cools off, I usually seed parsley and cilantro in my front bed across the porch. Because I was going to plant crocus in it this year, I decided to seed them directly into flats. As you can see, some of them germinated, but others did not. For me this is a common occurrence this time of the year. To direct seed, I simply scatter the soil and fill the cell packs, water them well, then sprinkle the herb seeds over the top of the flat, cover lightly with soil, and water lightly again. I placed these next to a sunny wall of my house. Mine took the freezing temperatures outside without any problem. Once the weather reverts to winter again and I plant my crocus (no I have not planted them yet – will wait maybe even into January), then I will add these seedlings to my front bed. Hopefully, late this winter I can start harvesting the leaves for cooking until they bloom, seed, and then die in early summer. At that point I will seed more, so I can have a continuous crop.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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