The Q&A Archives: Parsley

Question: Can parsley, a biennial, be grown as a perennial under suitable conditions?

Answer: When a plant is classified as annual, perennial or biennial, it indicates the growing habit of that particular plant. Parsley, a biennial, is genetically programmed to develop foliage the first year and produce seeds the second year, then die. Technically, you can cut the flowering stem the second year before it develops seeds and keep the plant going, but you'll lose the tenderness in the leaves and the flavor will be different, as well. It would be better to allow the seeds to develop and sow them in the garden so you'll have a continual supply of tender parsley for fresh consumption. Hope this clarifies things!

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