If you want to know the non-destructive way to harvest parsley then you are in the right place. Here I have explained how you can harvest parsley in steps. Besides, I will share the tips to get the best productions and method to collect seeds for plantation.
Parsley is generally used by garnishing it into dishes to add flavors, color, and nutritious value to it. It belongs to the same family as that of carrot and this is a type of herb that can survive in all sorts of conditions.
Now lets began to the methods of harvesting...
Most Often people plant parsley and grow it with organic vegetables. Now, this herb is getting more popular as organic vegetable farming is getting popular. This plant has a life span of about two years if protected properly.
Therefore it can be grown several times every year. Start harvesting the parsley when it is about six inches tall. It can be grown in any soil where the sunlight is available for 6-8 hours. You can start picking parsley when the are aged between 70-90 days.
Most of the time people choose the younger plants to harvest as they have the strongest flavor. The leaves of these plants can be collected even after the first year. and this will give the best yield and product.
Now we are going to look out at some of the ways you can harvest parsley.
When you are harvesting the whole stem make sure to harvest the entire stem of the parsley and be sure to start the clipping from the bottom of the plant instead of trimming it from the upper end.
If the parsley is kept outdoors and is not kept safe from external weather conditions, it will wear off during the winter. Harvest the plant before this occurs so that the plant has the chance to grow back before the spring season arrives.
Now we will discuss some of the ways that you can use to harvest the parsley seeds
Cut below the seed heads to clip off the seeds. Use the thumb and the index finger to pinch the part of the stem below the sed head and then finally cut it off.
Shake off the seed heads gently in a paper bag to remove the mature seeds easily. You can also separate the mature seeds by shaking them slightly over a tightly woven patch of plastic sheet.
But, Do not shake the seeds while trimming off the stem, to prevent the seeds from spreading all over the place. As the seeds are very small, they will definitely get lost.
If a certain number of seeds from the entire lot ripen off earlier than the other, you can harvest them individually by stomping them with your index finger and thumb.
The parsley plants do often ripen off at an irregular pace. It can be seen that some of the seeds of the same plant earlier than its counterparts.
Do not pull off the seed too harshly as that can cause the stem to recoil. If there are too many mature seeds they will eventually break off with the force of the recoil and will scatter all over.
Therefore, the best way to collect the seeds is to collect them independently if many of the seeds are not yet ready to reap.
It is important to dry the seeds for almost two weeks before you can stock them and use them later. If you want to dry the seeds then spread the seeds on a baking sheet and then put them in a spot that is not cold and damp. Place the dried seeds in an airtight plastic bag until they are ready to plant. These dried seeds could be used for the next spring season.
Parsley is relatively easy to harvest. Follow the guidelines provided in this article and you are ready to have your first parsley harvest done perfectly. Happy Harvesting!!!