Forgotten to plant some parsnips and wondering if you can go ahead and sow them now and still get some nice sweet roots? Can you plant parsnips in July? let’s have a look and find out.
Can I Plant Parsnips In July?
Most people say that the planting season for parsnips only runs until May or June at a push.
You can get away with planting them in July although you will need a few things to go your way. The weather in Autumn will play a big part in how successful you are and this is obviously out of your control.
One thing that is in your control however is the soil conditions. The lighter and better draining soil you plant your parsnips in the better.
This will reduce the chances of the roots freezing with the first frosts of the season and if a particularly early frost comes and catches you unaware then your parsnips may well survive if the ground is good.
How To Sow Parsnips In July
Sow your parsnips directly into the soil in rows around 1cm deep. Space your row 20-30cm apart, I like to go for smaller gaps with these late plantings as your parsnips might not reach full size, so more in the same space can make up for the smaller size.
Thin the seedlings to 5-10cm apart. Again this is smaller than you would do for regular parsnips but we are expecting ours to be a little on the smaller side.
One thing you will really have to keep on top of with a July sowing is watering. Seedlings don’t like to dry out and with them emerging in the middle of summer you will have to be on it to keep them wet.