Dark Green Italian Parsley is quite plain in appearance but has an impressive distinct flavor. This variety grows flat, dark green celery like leaves that are deeply cut on stiff, upright stems. Plants can easily grow as tall as 25-40 cm (10-16”) with an average plant diameter of 15-20 cm (6-8”). Parsley is fairly easy to grow, and makes an excellent addition to any herb garden. Dark Green Italian is an excellent variety for drying.
Parsley can be grown from seeds or transplants. If starting from seeds, sow them 1cm (½”) deep and 5-7.5cm (2-3”) apart in rows spaced 30cm (12”) apart. Parsley prefers well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter and a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged during the growing season. Parsley prefers consistent watering throughout the season. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
Parsley leaves can be harvested as needed once the plant reaches at least 10cm (4”) tall. To encourage bushier growth, pinch off the tips of the stems as the plant grows.