When Should I Plant Parsnips?

Parsnips are unique in a sense that they are hardier compared to other root vegetables. A close cousin of carrots, parsnips are biennials which can be grown as annuals.

Hardy as this root crop may be, you still have to keep in mind that like other vegetables, parsnips have their own preference, so to speak.

Known as a winter vegetable, parsnips must be sown in March until the early weeks of May when the soil is still warm.  This would ensure the success of the germination period.  They have a very long growing season – about 34 weeks from sowing, so it’s likely that they will be the first to be planted and the last to be harvested.

Choose a day in the said sowing months when the winds are calm.  Parsnip seeds are very light and strong gusts of wind can easily blow them away.  Strong rains will also wash them away.  The ideal temperature when sowing is 10 degrees Celsius.

Expect harvest in the months of October until the middle of January after winter is over so your parsnips will taste more flavorful.  Parsnips that have been exposed to near-freezing temperature will help the crops convert starch to sugar making them sweeter.