1⁄16 oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 oz, 400 ft. Avg. 14,000 seed/oz.
Culture: Very hardy. Parsley seed is short-lived; test old seed before sowing. Very slow to germinate (up to 30 days). Soaking seed 8–12 hours will hasten germination. Do not allow soil surface to dry out.
Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 50–80°, optimal temperature 70°. Emergence takes 29 days at 50°, 17 days at 59°, 13 days at 77°.
A shining star of Jason Kafka’s wholesale program. He grows Double Curled, Dark Green Italian and Krausa, moves a few hundred bunches per week and says that if you have the market, these may bring more $ per row foot than any other crop. When they bolt, he gets a bonus by using the umbels as filler for flower bouquets.
Days to maturity are from direct seeding.
Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.