White Spear Parsnip Seeds-100 Seeds

White Spear Parsnip Seeds-100 Seeds


Our best parsnip seeds. Classic parsnip shape with a deep crown-set, wide, rounded shoulders, and roots that quickly taper. White Spear plants are vigorous and roots are uniform in shape. The roots are very white with smooth skins and a fine, mellow flavour that is very sweet as a roasted vegetable or simply chopped into soups and stews. It has excellent storage ability both in the ground and in cold storage. The ideal size for harvest is 30 cm. Many roots grow to more than 45 cm when soil is loose and left in the ground until frost. White Spear parsnip is the best choice for early spring planting and harvesting in early summer. Parsnip may be covered with mulch and left in the ground for winter harvest or until the following season for seed collection.

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  • Matures in 120 days

  • Sow from March-July

  • White roots can reach 45 cm long

  • Open-pollinated seeds

  • Smooth skin with white flesh

Plant seeds 5mm-1 cm deep in loose rich compost and cover with row cover or low tunnel to increase germination time. Soil should be 10-25 C and be kept moist during the germinations period of 14-21 days. The ground should be prepared similar to carrots, the looser the soil the better the parsnips will grow.  Generally, only 60% of parsnip seeds will germinate so plant seeds 2 cm apart and thin to 12-20 cm apart.

Harvest after frost for best flavour. We cover ours with 20 cm of straw and then cover with a low tunnel. By lifting the tunnel and the mulch we harvest our parsnips all winter as needed.

We grow in a high raised beds, 60-80 cm, for easy harvesting.


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