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Parsnips

Use our zone-based planting guide to know when to plant parsnips.

Plant name Zone Start seeds indoors Start seeds outdoors Plant seedlings/transplants outdoors Plant spacing # plants per person
Parsnips 3a Not recommended April 15-May 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 3b Not recommended April 15-May 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 4a Not recommended April 15-May 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 4b Not recommended April 15-May 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 5a Not recommended March 15-April 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 5b Not recommended March 15-April 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 6a Not recommended March 15-April 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 6b Not recommended March 15-April 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 7a Not recommended March 15-April 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 7b Not recommended March 15-April 1 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 8a Not recommended Feb. 15-May 15; Aug. 1-Oct. 30 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 8b Not recommended Feb. 15-May 15; Aug. 1-Oct. 30 Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 9a Not recommended Jan. 15-April 15; August-November Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 9b Not recommended Jan. 15-April 15; August-November Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 10a Not recommended March-May; September-November Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 10b Not recommended March-May; September-November Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 11a Not recommended March-May; September-November Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10
Parsnips 11b Not recommended March-May; September-November Not recommended 3-6 inches 5-10

* In Northern climates, direct sow as soon as soil can be worked in the spring. Southern Zones can achieve two growing seasons.