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    beeterforit is offline Seedling
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    Default Parsnip germination with good results

    Hi All
    Parsnips can cause all sorts of germination problems for many
    I was shown a method which has never let me down
    Parsnip seed will only germinate when damp so heres how I do it
    Sow the seed as you would normally whether station or single sowing
    Place some bricks along the row and place a plank of wood on top leaving a 2 or 3 inch gap with a brick on top to keep in position than water with a can with a rose the water will find its way to the seed and keep it moist check every now and then for signs of germination as soon as remove plank
    Also stops birds stealing seed
    Hope this is useful for some of you
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    Hello there and welcome to the Vine, that's a really useful tip

    I have moved your post into Vegging out from the archived growing tips because it is not possible for anyone to reply to you in on that board as it is for archives only.
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    I would imagine that method would be useful for many other types of seeds.
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    Have heard of using just a strip of wood with a weight on top,

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    Parsnip seed is reputed to go three times to the Devil before germinating, thats why it takes so long!

    I suspect that its because the roots look like a mandrake root which had Devlish connotations.
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    Why go to such extremes? Its far easier to put then in a container of moist kitchen roll then plant once sprouted!

    Germination is thus guarenteed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnyt View Post
    Why go to such extremes? Its far easier to put then in a container of moist kitchen roll then plant once sprouted!
    I grow them like that and am very happy doing them that way ... its far more faff than sowing direct, even comparing with pre-germinated sowing and other "higher faff" methods of sowing direct. Much greater chance of forking too, and time-critical to plant out.

    I'm all for it ... but I certainly don't think it is for everyone. Lots of ways, not all directly comparable, the method that suits the person, plot and conditions is the one to choose
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    Interesting replies and each to their own method
    I learn the hard way by trial and error over the years
    Sow plank-up job done no faffing at all
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