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White Gem Parsnip

General Description:

This is an excellent tried and tested variety which has shown that it can be grown successfully in virtually all soil types. It also has a very good canker resistance which results in lots of fine, medium length, smooth skinned, high quality, fine flavoured parsnips.

Sowing Instructions:

For long parsnips you need a deeply dug soil which has been manured for a previous crop. However, they will do well on ordinary well drained and cultivated soil. Sow April to June, 1cm (½ inch) deep in drills 30cm (12 inches) apart. Sow clusters of 4 seeds every 20cm (8 inches) and thin out to the strongest seedlings after germination. Germination is very slow and it is helpful to sow a pinch of lettuce seeds between each cluster of seeds. They will mark the row and can be cut before the parsnips need the room.

Growing Instructions: 

Germination is very slow.  Harvest the roots from autumn onwards, leaving them in the ground until required.