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Parsnip, Hollow Crown

Short Description

HEIRLOOM. Mild, white flesh is fine-grained.

Full Description

This parsnip develops a sweet, nutty flavor after frost. Mature roots are 12" long and 3" thick. Does best in deeply prepared soil.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

105 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

12 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

10-15 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Sow seeds in deep, well-worked soil in full sun after frost in spring.
  • In frost free areas, sow in fall.
  • Straight roots require soil that is light, loosened deeply, and free of stones.
  • Consider using a soil amendment light sand if soil is heavy.
  • Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ½ inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 21-27 days.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • For sweetest flavor, harvest parsnips after a light frost.
  • Continue to harvest parsnips all winter when the ground is not frozen.
  • In areas with severe winters, mulch the area in early winter to keep the ground from freezing as long as possible.
  • Harvest any remaining parsnips in the spring.
  • Try roasting, for a delicate, sweet earthy treat.
  • When storing, keep in the refrigerator in a plastic bag to retain moisture. Parsnips may be stored 2-6 months this way.
  • Parsnips may be frozen after blanching. They may also be canned.
Days To Maturity
105 days
Fruit Size
12 inches
Full Sun
8 inches
10-15 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
4 inches
Life Cycle
Parsnip, Hollow Crown is rated 1.9 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Parsnips I to have had trouble growing parsnips. for the past 3 years. I planted early nothing, replanted about 2 plants started and died. this year is doing the same it's been 2 weeks and no sign of growth. I have carrots, and beets doing good but no parsnips.What's up? Can someone help ? I love parsnips.
Date published: 2013-06-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Parsnips I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who had problems with these last year, seeds did not germinate, I've grown Parsnips every year and this was the first year I had to buy them from the store, conclusion bad seeds.
Date published: 2013-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Parsnips Unfortunately no parsnips, and I was so hopefully and looking forward to them. I planted in April with no luck last year.
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Parsnips I planted the parsnip seeds in the second week of April. I saw no germination until June 1st. I'm still hopeful that I will get a few good parsnips. According to Alton Brown they are sweeter picked after the temp drops below 50 degrees.
Date published: 2011-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No luck These seeds were bad. This is usually an easy plant to grow.
Date published: 2011-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plant The Seeds In Early September For Results!! I noticed that there are a lot of people on here saying that they have had bad results from this seed. Parsnips are a fall into early winter veggie crop. Here in NC, where I live, I'll plant the seeds in an indoor starter container in late August, and nuture them up to about 3 to 4 inches tall. Then, by early to mid September, after I've turned my beds from my summer crops, I'll add the seedlings in at 6 inches apart. Make sure your soil is well fortified with 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer, bone meal, composted manure, miracle-gro garden soil, and goes down at least 10 inches deep, so that the roots of the parsnips, like carrots, can grow straight down and strong. If your soil is well-drained, that should be all you need for success with these. Let them grow from early September to the first frosts of November, when they will be rendered sweet and nutty with a spicy edge to them like turnip or mustard greens, another good fall to winter crop. Of course you'll have to go by what is the fall in your part of the country, but if you follow what I said, you should be okay with these seeds. Good Luck & Enjoy!! (-:
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from no germination I have planted these twice, both times in early spring, with my carrots--nothing germinated either time.
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from bad Seed I ordered these parsnips with high expectations, but when these seeds arrived, almost everyone was destroyed. Theres maybe 2 or 3 seeds that are not broken. And so far, they havent germinated yet, and its been a month. I will not order these again, unless Burpee improves this product. Especially Seed Quality.
Date published: 2010-03-19
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