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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 8:06 am    Post subject: Parsnip germination Reply with quote

Hi All

Has any one else had a problem with parsnip germination this year? Last year was the first year I had an allotment and among other things, I grew fantastic parsnips (F1 Gladiator). This year however, I've noticed that I only have about 25% germination rate by station (Tender and True variety). I sowed three seeds at each station. My Dad mentioned to me that both he and his friend had the same problem. Does anyone know what caused this? I am in Cork and they are based in Dublin and we all used new seed.

Secondly, is it possible to transplant parsnips? At some stations all 3 seeds germinated and whereas I would normally thin the 2 weakest plants, I was wondering if it would be possible to transplant to the failing stations?

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Conor
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you and your dad soak the seeds before sowing?
The night before you intend to sow you should soak your parsnip seeds in room temperature water for several hours. This will "soften" the seed and hasten germination. Any seed not required for sowing that year should not be soaked, if kept dry it has a life expectancy of 1 year.

There is no use in lifting thinnings for transplanting as they will just produce malformed roots. Instead snip them off at ground level with a scissors to prevent disturbing the remaining seedlings. Remove the thinnings from site and water the crop well afterwards.

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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Parsnip seed has a very short life 2-3 years at most. Note the date on packet. best sown before date or date packeted. Germination may have been alright but vigour might have been weak not enough to sustain the seedling to get eastablished. You could still get a reasonable crop by sowing them now.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I didn't soak the seeds but may next year!! The seeds were ones I bought in February so I don't think that was the problem. I was looking again yesterday and there are some very small plants coming through, less than an inch tall, whereas the others are >6 inches so I might get a few more.

Many thanks for the advice

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