High-quality Hollow Crown parsnips have long, smooth white roots 15 "long and 3" in diameter. Parsnips have sweet white flesh, which made it possible to use them as a source of sugar. Ripens in 120 days and bears well in well-prepared soil.
It is believed that the parsnip originated in Europe, where it grew in a liquid form. Parsnips reached the Americans in the 16th century, but they were not loved as much as the European inhabitants. The Hollow Crown parsnip appeared in horticulture in 1879 when it was first featured in D.M. Ferry's seed catalog.
How to Grow Hollow Crown Parsnip:
- Sowing: Soak hollow parsnip seeds overnight and sow them straight 1/2 "deep and 4" apart in rows of 18" 2-3 weeks before the last spring frost. Prepare the soil and ensure good drainage. Parsnips can take up to three weeks to germinate. The soil should be moist and soft to facilitate the growth of the seedlings.
- Plant Spacing: 6-9″.
- Growing of Hollow Crown Parsnip: A layer of mulch will help with weed control and retain moisture. Parsnips can outlast dry weather, but should not be overdried, so water regularly in dry weather.
- Hollow Crown Parsnip Soil Requirements for: Loose, organic, composted, well-drained.
- Hollow Crown Parsnip Days to Germination for: 10-28 days.
- Light Preference of Hollow Crown Parsnip: Full Sun.
- How and When to Harvest Hollow Crown Parsnip: Frost has a beneficial effect on parsnips taste, which improves its properties. Therefore, harvest after severe frosts. Apply a thick layer of mulch covering the plants and harvest as needed throughout the winter through spring. To prevent the taste of parsnips from spoiling, do not let the tops grow early.
- Hollow Crown Parsnip Seeds Days to Maturity: 100-120 days
- Hollow Crown Parsnip's Seed Saving: Parsnips should overwinter before sowing. A layer of mulch helps it withstand the cold very well. In the coldest regions, parsnips should be dug up and kept at 32-40 degrees and 90 percent humidity until planting in the spring. Be careful with stems and leaves because they cause severe rashes and skin irritation. When the seed heads turn brown, harvest them immediately to prevent damage. Parsnip seeds fly quickly as they are tiny and light. Spread the cabbage out and dry in a sheltered place for a week, then thresh the seeds. Store parsnip seeds in a cool, dry place for up to a year.
- Latin Name: Pastinaca sativa
- Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season|Warm Season
- USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 10,000
- Planting Method: Direct Sow
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 18 Inches
- Color: White