Single Packet of 600 Seeds
This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley is a biennial plant, which means that it grows the first year and blooms the second. In cold climates, it is simply an annual, and can't winter over. Italian Flat Leaf grows to a mature height of about 15 to 18 inches tall, displaying sturdy, slender stems. At first glance, the flat leaves can look like cilantro with their deep green coloring, and deeply serrated edges.
You can grow Italian flat leaf parsley directly in your herb bed or in pots & containers, and even window boxes too. If you are pressed for gardening space, they can also be sown and grown indoors. It makes an attractive backdrop to shorter annual flowers in a flower garden and can be used as a border. Plant at least 18 inches apart; if they are too close, they can get mildew.
It likes rich, moist soil, and should be planted in sun to partial shade. In its second spring, when the white flowers appear, it will get bitter. Pull up the old plants and start new ones. It does best in temperate climates; it doesn't like serious heat and will freeze out in cold winters.
Parsleyworm caterpillars are brightly colored in green and black. They won't kill your parsley, but can quickly eat up the leaves. They grow into beautiful swallowtail butterflies. If you notice you have them but want the butterflies, just grow extra parsley.
Less enjoyable pests could include aphids, armyworm, and army cutworm.
Flat leaf parsley has a stronger flavor than its curly cousin, which is used more often for decoration. Italian flat leaf parsley is one of the most widely used herbs in traditional Italian cooking. It is one of the chief herbs in bouquet garni.
The entire plant is edible. The leaves are soft and are good whole or chopped, and the stems are tasty anywhere you want a bit of crunch and flavor, and hold up better to longer cooking times.
Flat leaf parsley is delicious is soups, stews, salads, stocks, fish dishes, and vegetable dishes. Add it near the end of the cooking cycle in most recipes, as long times on heat can make it lose flavor. It makes a tasty herb butter. It is high in vitamins A, C, E, and has a high iron content. Chewed fresh, it makes a good breath freshener.
To harvest, clip the leaves back to the base of the plant at any time once plants are established. They will grow back even bushier. You can store it wrapped in a damp paper towel in your fridge for up to a week, or you can freeze it and keep in plastic bag in your freezer for longer. You can also dry it.
Sowing The Seed
Parsley seeds can be started indoors, or directly outdoors. The seeds can be soaked in hot water, overnight to increase their viability. If sowing indoors, start in peat pots, 8 to 10 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow at a depth of 1/8” under topsoil so that direct light can still reach the seeds. Direct sow or transplant outdoors, when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.
Parsley will enjoy an area of full sunlight to light shade. It does particularly well in mild temperatures of 65F to 75F. Parlsey plants will grow best with soils that are rich in organic matter. Also make sure that the soil is well drained. To improve drainage, adding a light compost to areas of hard, compact soil is best. Water the seeds daily with a light water setting to avoid overwatering and/or disrupting the seed.
Germination & Growth
Your Parsley will begin to show life within as little as 7 to 21 days after sowing. The plants will grow to a mature height of about 15 to 18 inches tall and 8 to 12 inches wide. Space each plant roughly 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. When the leaf stems have three segments, your Parsley is ready to be harvested. Snip the leaves from the outer portions of the plant, leaving the inner areas to mature.
We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.
If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.
It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.
Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.