Parsnip Seeds

The parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a root vegetable and unsurprisingly a member of the carrot family. It’s native to northern Europe, including Britain, where roots can usually be found growing wildly on dry grassland and often calcareous soils. Being one of our most-loved vegetables, they have an earthy but sweet flavour and are great used in hearty winter roasts, soups and stews.

How to Sow and Grow Parsnips
Parsnips do well in a wide range of soils, but fewer stones present the better. Seed should be sown on freshly manured ground as this will encourage the roots to fork. While seed can be sown early, cold wet conditions will delay germination, so if in doubt delay sowings until the soil warms up and starts to dry.

Sow outdoors thinly where they are to crop, 1.5cm (1/2in) deep directly into finely prepared soil which has already been watered. Allow 40cm (16in) between rows. Early sowings may benefit from cloche protection. Seedlings usually appear in 14-32 days. Thin plants to 20cm(8in) apart. Replace any dislodged soil. Water well until plants are established. Leave roots in the ground until required, as they improve after exposure to autumn frosts.

The parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a root vegetable and unsurprisingly a member of the carrot family. It’s native to northern Europe, including Britain, where roots can usually be found growing wildly on dry grassland and often calcareous soils. Being one of our most-loved vegetables, they have an earthy but sweet flavour and are great used in hearty winter roasts, soups and stews.

How to Sow and Grow Parsnips
Parsnips do well in a wide range of soils, but fewer stones present the better. Seed should be sown on freshly manured ground as this will encourage the roots to fork. While seed can be sown early, cold wet conditions will delay germination, so if in doubt delay sowings until the soil warms up and starts to dry.

Sow outdoors thinly where they are to crop, 1.5cm (1/2in) deep directly into finely prepared soil which has already been watered. Allow 40cm (16in) between rows. Early sowings may benefit from cloche protection. Seedlings usually appear in 14-32 days. Thin plants to 20cm(8in) apart. Replace any dislodged soil. Water well until plants are established. Leave roots in the ground until required, as they improve after exposure to autumn frosts.

11 products

Eat both leaves and roots
500 Seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 15583
Sorry, now sold out.
200 Seeds
£2.55
Item Code: 27364
Popular wedge-shaped variety
500 Seeds
£1.85
Item Code: 16191
Smooth, white skin & flesh
6m seed tape
£3.10
Item Code: 15785
Exhibition quality, long roots
500 Seeds
£1.85
Item Code: 13883
Bayonet shaped roots
200 Seeds
£2.55
Item Code: 14748
Large, canker resistant roots
200 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 14000
Canker resistant roots
200 Seeds
£2.55
Item Code: 11268
400 Seeds
£0.99
Item Code: 16459
Resistant To Canker
200 Seeds
£2.25
Item Code: 29175
Early maturing, very vigorous
200 Seeds
£2.45
Item Code: 20506