Parsley Leaves That Turn White And Bitter - Knowledgebase Question

Wyncote, PA
Question by kneubauer
June 13, 2000
Please explain why otherwise healthy parsley leaves would turn white and taste bitter. How can this be prevented?


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Answer from NGA
June 13, 2000

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Older leaves may turn pale and fade, and a stressed or second year plant may taste bitter. Parsley plants can stress if the soil is allowed to dry out, when temperatures turn hot, or if the soil is not rich enough, or a combination of those factors. Second year plants will turn pale as part of their maturation process by which they then bolt or flower, set seed and die.

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