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    Default Why can't I grow parsley ?

    Well for the life of me I just can't seem to get parsley going despite giving it deep compost in a raised bed (which I have seen them thrive in other gardens) It gets plenty of sun throughout the day and the compost around it is fresh so why does it discolour and fail to grow lush, dark green ? They were supermarket bought, potted on and later planted out when starting to go downhill in pot (with fresh compost)

    I also sowed flat leaf, planted out and it failed failed failed. Never got going.
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    I've seen a lot worse than those, Marb (mine!).
    Cut off the old, yellow leaves for a start.
    I've had more success with flat leaf than curly, both from supermarket plants. They both went to seed last year and self seeded, with several new flat leafed plants growing this year but only one curly one.
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    Have you tried growing from seed? Super market herbs are very pampered and sown too close together and can struggle when put out. As long as you can protect from slugs and water well Iíve had surprisingly good plants. The one in the poly tunnel lasted a year before finally setting seed.
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    The flat leaf was grown from seed but have had no joy trying to sow curly. I do cut off the yellowing stems and plant quite deep.

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    I've not managed to get parsley past the just-germinated stage, if I manage to get it to germinate at all. My seed is pretty ancient though, so I was thinking I would have another go with fresher seed in the Autumn. I have also recently tried potting on a supermarket plant, and it looks similar to yours but floppier. I'm thinking I should buy sturdier seed, bred for the British outdoors.

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    I bought a pot of parsley 2-3 years ago, even though I don't really use it in cooking. Within a week or so, it started dying. I thought, 'oh well', and put the pot in a corner of the front garden.

    That corner was a bit overgrown for quite a while so I completey forgot about the parsley pot sitting there. This year, when we tidied up the front garden, that pot emerged with beautiful, lush, green parsley growing in it.

    I was thrilled and started taking care of it. It started yellowing again :| So I've left it in a corner and told it to go ahead and do what it wants. It's still plodding along, now that I ignore it.

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    Parsley is one of the few herbs that is better with a bit of shade, so the soil doesn't get baked.

    The trouble with supermarket herbs is that they've been sown too close together in the pot, so ultimately most of them die, unless you can separate them out and they survive transplanting.
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    I never seem to have any luck with sowing either flat leaf or curly parsley. I have three pots of supermarket parsley of each type in the garden now and hoping some of them will survive.
    Parsley is very finicky I think!

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