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About This Plant...
Family: Apiaceae
Genus and species: Pastinaca sativa
Growing Season: spring
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 4-6 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 4 weeks before to 4 weeks after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 2 to 4 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 14-26 days
Germination temp.: 50-70 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1/4 inch
Days to maturity: 100-120 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 2-4 inches
Spacing between rows: 18-36 inches
Growing On...
Pests: -
Diseases: -
Harvest: after a few frosts but before the ground freezes
Growing tips: parsnips develop their best flavor after a few frosts; store in ground covered with a heavy mulch over winter, and harvest after the ground thaws in the spring


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