Parsnip "White Gem" (Pastinaca sativa) One of the most popular and reliable varieties, producing short rooted and broad shouldered roots making it suitable for almost all soil types.
produces high yields of medium-sized, wedge-shaped parsnips with smooth white skin and flesh.
With its sweet flavour, this variety tastes delicious friend, roasted, or stewed. It crops well on most soil types and has good resistance to canker.
- Sow Indoors: February May
- Sow Outdoors: February May
- Location: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Harvest Time: October February
- Hardiness: Hardy Annual
Sow Outdoors: February-May thinly where they are to crop, 1.5cm (1/2") deep directly into finely soil which has already been watered. Allow 40cm (16") between rows. Early sowings may benefit from cloche protection. Seedlings usually appear in 14-32 days. Thin plants to 20cm (8") apart. Replace any dislodged soil. Water well until plants are established.
- Parsnips ideally require deep, stone free soil which has been manured for a previous crop.
- Sun or partially shade is required for the growing location.
- Sow from Feb-Apr thinly 1/2in deep with 12in between rows. Sowing time should be dependent on the weather to avoid particularly wet or cold spells. Germination rates are very dependent on weather conditions and can take up to 3 weeks. If little is seen after that period re-sow immediately.
- When large enough to handle thin to 6in between plants. Thinnings do not transplant well.
- The crop requires little attention other than keeping weed free.
- The roots are ready for harvesting when the tops begin to die down.
- Dig as required as the roots will stand in the ground until late winter unless the soil become heavily water-logged.
Harvest from October to February. Leave roots in the ground until required, as they improve after exposure to autumn frosts.
For best results sow in a loose open soil that has had all stones etc removed.
Germination can be erratic so do not give up on the row too early.