Growing herbs indoors offers fresh flavors at your fingertips, no matter the season, and parsley is a perfect pick. Known for its vibrant taste and garnishing grace, parsley is a favourite amongst culinary enthusiasts. This guide will show you how to grow parsley indoors, turning that little supermarket plant into a flourishing, culinary delight.
Before we begin, gather the following:
- A young parsley plant
- Pot with drainage holes
- Quality potting mix
- A bright windowsill or grow light
Growing from Seed?
While this guide focuses on growing parsley from a young plant, you can also grow it from seeds. If you choose to do so, remember that parsley seeds take some time to germinate (up to 3-4 weeks), so be patient. Once sprouted, you can follow the same care instructions.
To start, you’ll want to gently remove your parsley plant from its supermarket pot, teasing out the roots if they’re tightly wound. Choose a pot that’s slightly larger than the one your parsley came in and fill it about halfway with a good-quality potting mix. Place your plant in the center, spreading out the roots, then fill in around the plant with more soil. Aim to keep the top of the root ball level with the soil surface.
Parsley prefers evenly moist soil, but not waterlogged. Therefore, the watering schedule will depend on the conditions in your home. Generally, watering when the top inch of soil feels dry should be sufficient. Overwatering can lead to root rot, which is often a death sentence for indoor herbs.
Like most herbs, parsley loves sunlight. Place your potted parsley in a bright window where it will get 6-8 hours of light each day. If your home doesn’t have a suitable windowsill, a tabletop grow light can be a good alternative.
You can start to harvest your parsley when it has at least 3 segments of leaves. Cut the outer stems close to the base to encourage bushy growth, and never remove more than one-third of the plant at a time.
Growing parsley indoors isn’t just a great gardening project; it’s a way to elevate your home cooking. Fresh parsley is a fantastic addition to many dishes:
- Garnishing: From soups to steaks, a sprig of fresh parsley can add a pop of color and a touch of freshness.
- Pesto: Swap out the basil in your favourite pesto recipe for a parsley twist.
- Salads: Parsley isn’t just for garnishing. It adds a vibrant taste to salads, especially grain-based ones like tabbouleh.
- Herb Butter: Mix chopped parsley into softened butter for a gourmet spread that’s amazing on warm, crusty bread.
With this guide in hand, you’ll soon have a flourishing parsley plant in your home. Not only does it make your home more green and lush, but it also provides a fresh, vibrant ingredient for your culinary adventures. Happy gardening and bon appétit!