Be careful when fertilizing parsley

Be careful when fertilizing parsley

Parsley grows slowly

Parsley is one of the slow growing plants. Impatient gardeners who are growing too slowly tend to fertilize the herbs to encourage them to grow.

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However, this is not appropriate with parsley. Too much and incorrect fertilizer is more likely to cause the plants to die or lose their aroma.

Just give the parsley the time it needs to grow and be economical with fertilizer.

Fertilize parsley outdoors

With good soil preparation, you do not have to fertilize parsley outdoors, at least in the first year. Prepare the soil by doing

  • Loosen the soil deeply
  • Work in mature compost or mature manure
  • Sprinkle a layer of soil over the fertilizer
  • Give a little lime in very acidic soils

When planting parsley, plant the seedlings so that the roots do not touch the compost layer.

Perennial parsley tolerates a light fertilization in autumn in the form of ripe compost, horn meal or horn shavings. (€ 6.39 at Amazon *)

Fertilize the parsley in the pot

Potting soil leaches out much faster than soil outdoors. If you care for parsley in a pot on the balcony or kitchen window, you can add some liquid fertilizer once a month.

Special organic plant fertilizers that you can get from local gardening shops are particularly suitable.

When the parsley doesn't want to grow at all

In the rarest of cases, a lack of growth is due to a lack of nutrients. Mostly wrong location conditions are the cause.

If the parsley turns yellow, the soil may be too acidic. This often happens when a large number of conifers grow in the garden. The needles spread on the ground and lead to acidification.

In this case, it makes sense to lime the soil around the parsley. Lime neutralizes the acid and creates better soil conditions for the aromatic plant.

Tips & Tricks

You shouldn't give any more fertilizer shortly before harvest. The taste of the aromatic herb is changed by fertilizers.