I read and have tried this trick. When planting, after the seeds are laid and not yet covered, pour very hot water over the seeds then cover with soil. Place a board or other covering over the row to hold in the moisture. Parsnips are best harvested after a frost has set the sugars - oh so sweet and nice - especially fried in butter. Yummmmy!
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I have tried growing them with success 1 year and miserable failure the next. They take about 3 weeks to germinate and I find it hard to keep the soil damp. This year I started them in shallow trays without bottoms inside where I can control the water better. When it warmed up, I planted the entire tray ( a small shallow box twith the bottom removed) in the ground outside. Another year, they weren't coming up and I forgot about them. They ended up coming when the weather worked for them. I also found that they are not long lived seeds. The ones I planted last year were only 1 year past the best before date and I got nothing.
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Does anyone here grow parsnips? My mom loves them but I am having a heck of a time getting them to germinate. I have tried them directly in the ground and I have tried soaking them indoors first. No deal....
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