How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Parsley
My Italian parsley leaves have mutated! Instead of looking like regular parsley leaves the leaves look long and thin. They taste ok. What's wrong?
Definitely cut tops off…if long and leggy this should stimulate growth or side shoots. This happens with cilantro too. Just cut tops off and it will also delay bolting.
Heat and dry soil can cause parsley to become long and thin, but so can leaving it alone (not harvesting it). Trim/harvest it and water generously. Then continue to trim it from time to time. This will cause it to sprout more leaves and maintain vigor.
Parsley is ready to cut or harvest in about 70 to 90 days after planting. You seed packet should list days to maturity for the respective variety.
I’m a person who never understood the appeal of parsley. Fresh parsley has essentially NO flavor to me whatsoever! It’s odd, but I find dried parsley both fragrant and tasty....
I’ve been wondering what the point of fresh parsley is, besides a pretty green decor. I’ll have to get some dried parsley and try to figure out it’s allure. I’ve wondered how it could possibly be great for anything but looks.
Very lovely set on a plate when serving heavy meals. Great for freshening your breath after the meal.