Plant Names... Botanical name: Petroselinum crispum Common name: Parsley Also known as: Petroselinum hortense
Plant Type... Plant botanical type: Biennial
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Description... This is that most familiar garnish, parsley. It is a stout little herb with rather crusty green foliage, wrinkled and furled. It forms a tight little clump and always looks appetising. It makes pretty edging for the herbaceous border and is also a decorative plant in the herb garden or the herb pot. It has been referred to as the only herb that the British use in their cooking. Traditionally, you should not sell your parsley but only give it away, apparently, if you sell it, you sell your luck as well. The best day to sow it is on Good Friday. Tradition has it that, if sown by a woman, in East Anglia at least, she should be the mistress of the house. If she isn't, she will become pregnant.
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Planting your new plant
Water the plant thoroughly when you get it home, and plant out as soon as possible. Make the hole for the plant larger that the pot it is in and the same depth. When removing the plant from the pot, squeeze the sides of the pot to loosen it. Loosen the roots of the plant, put the plant in the hole spreading the roots to encourage them to grow outwards. Fill round the edges of the rootball with soil to the same level as the surrounding soil.
Care for your plant
Plants in containers need plant food to thrive when in growth. Seek advice from your retailer regarding best product(s). Follow the packet instructions when applying plant food. Remove fading flowers to encourage fresh ones.
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