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Parsnip, Hollow Crown

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HEIRLOOM. Mild, white flesh is fine-grained.

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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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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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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: Apr-18 - Last Date: May-16
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17

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 such as 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 2.1 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from old standard I grow these in a deep worked bed lined with hardware clothe to keep the gophers out, in Southern Coastal California. Here is a very slow germinating but reliable root vegetable, whose sweetness would be enhanced by freezing temperatures. Honestly, though it's perfectly tasty and very sweet indeed as we grow it here. Slow growing but worth the wait. Best roasted at 450 F with a dash of olive oil and a scatter of sea salt until tender.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tough breaks Tried four different plantings this year with this seed. Late spring in my community garden plot and in a large 10 gallon container, neither had any germination. I did have some heavy rains so I thought that it probably affected the seeds. I replanted some again in the container during early summer but still nothing came up. I just planted again in my garden and container a few weeks ago and so far nothing... The ginger, radishes, mustard and other things in similar containers are doing well. I think I'll try to start these in plug trays in a greenhouse as a last ditch effort. Not my thing maybe.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No germination We planted the seeds first on April 24. We had a good spring. None of the seeds germinated. We tried a second planting on July 2 only to once again not have any of the seeds germinate. Was looking forward to some fresh parsnips only now to have to get them from the store when needed.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed My Opinion About Parsnips I never had much luck with germination of parsnips or continued growth, but always plant them, even a few to harvest being worth the effort. But these changed the game - 100% germination, steady development under less-than-perfect conditions, and resistance to pests. They aren't ready to harvest yet, but I expect a generous harvest.
Date published: 2017-07-15
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
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