Parsley takes longer to sprout. I've given up on them in the past and bought starts too.
This year, I was experimenting with soaked seeds and dense sowing and decided to give parsley a try again.
So, seeds soaked overnight at room temp (upper 60's) in initially warm water. Surface sowed in a 2x2x2.5"D cell of moistened straight unscreened potting mix (dry-filled to rim with Dr. Earth Pot of Gold, then cell tray set in room temp water to soak thoroughly, then allowed to drain raised over a drip tray).
- Sprinkled with sand and coir to anchor but not cover then pressed into the moist surface with finger and misted down (seeds exposed).
- Covered surface with plastic food wrap loosely laid down (stuck onto wet rim from the misting)
- Left on warm top
of the fluorescent light fixture. 85-90Â°F.
- Lifted off the food wrap twice a day to check and to mist if reduced condensation indicated soil drying.
- Success! << going to go check my notes to see how long it took >>
...OK I'm back...
So Parsley was sowed in one of a 6-cell pack and, for comparison, I'll list them all:
3/17 Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield 3/19
3/17 Kohlrabi Purple Vienna 3/19
3/17 Parsley 3/24,7,8
3/17 Sw. Pepper Corno di Toro Red 3/25,6,7,8,9
3/17 Eggplant Japanese Early Black, Rosa Bianca 3/27,8,9
3/17 Eggplant Ping Tung Long 3/28,9
They were densely sowed so I stopped recording after they really started sprouting, but you get the idea. NOTE though that I only have 4-5 sprouted parsley seedlings even though I sowed a good pinch -- 12-15 seeds. All of the other seeds had much better germination (some ridiculously so -- I had plenty of cabbage seeds to for the dense planting experiment and sowed a good double or even triple pinch of seeds to see if they can still be grown into viable seedlings... I now have something like 3 dozen cabbage seedlings now
Hmm... i might have others, but I only have this picture uploaded. This was before parsley sprouted -- it's between cabbage and kohlrabi so the cell is still loosely covered with a piece of food wrap (ignore the yellow tape):
--- Came back to add
I took a new picture. It seems I failed to take before and after pictures before uppotting most of the cabbage (about 24) and kohlrabi (8 or 9) seedlings
. In this picture, the remaining cabbage and kohlrabi runts were mostly buried deeper than how they had sprouted when they were returned to their cells.
It turns out that I have 7 parsley seedlings (front center cell). Please keep in mind that I'm INTENTIONALLY growing these lanky and overcrowded to see if they can be saved by adapting some techniques from the dense sowing method.