Here is the Harris Model Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa. This biennial is the number 1 choice for parsnip selection. They are the easiest to clean and produces roots as long as 12 inches. They can range in color from a slightly bone color to pure ghostly white depending on the soil its grown in. This particular variety likes very lose soil that does not get overly wet and slightly acidic. Harvest early or late fall early spring after last frost for higher sweetness but do tend to be a bit spicy. They need to grow for 2 years before they seed. These go great in soups and stews and taste really great grilled! Open pollinated 90 to 120 days.
Harris Model Parsnip
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Germination temperature: 50 F to 85 F
Days to emergence: 10 to 21 - Germination may take as long as 3 to 4 weeks with soil temperature at 50 F.
Sow seeds ½ inch deep, 1 inch apart, in rows 18 to 24 inches apart, in early spring. Seeds germinate slowly, usually in about 2 to 3 weeks (longer in cold soils). To speed germination, keep soil moist. Sow along with radishes to break soil crust and mark row.
Thin to 3- to 4-inch spacings. Trim instead of pulling to avoid disturbing roots of remaining plants. Mulch to suppress weeds and retain moisture. Hill soil around base of plants to prevent greening of root shoulders. parsnips don’t develop their sweet, nutty flavor until after enduring frosts and cold weather in fall. Can be overwintered for harvest as soon as soil thaws in spring.