You might not think about how parsley could be grown indoors, but here’s a quick and simple way to grow it in your own kitchen. Parsley is an herb used commonly to add flavor to food. It also has many health benefits, such as freshening breath and helping with digestion. Growing parsley at home can save some money and provide fresh herbs all year long.
Clean Your Tools
Cleaning your tools before using them to cut parsley is a must! Use hydrogen peroxide to sterilize the tools and then be sure not to use any other sharp utensils. If it’s difficult for you to wash these things, try using disposable scissors or pruners that are better for the environment than an old pair of ones you have sitting in storage until next season comes around again. Remember that always cut parsleys with a very sharp tool like you did back at home when I was little – say cheese knives? Who knew they would come in handy one day?
Choose Some Healthy Clippings
The best place to find healthy, green cuttings is the store-bought parsley. Look for cuttings that are 4-5 inches in length, and not brown with spots. They should have the top set of leaves still attached. If you already have a plant at home, take one of its nice, healthy side branches for later use. Just make sure you remove the bottom set of leaves before you take it.
Don’t cut too close up where it’s bushy or if using scissors, reach up as much as you can while making 45 degree slanted cuts instead of straight across which may damage new growth. These blades need protection because they’re delicate shoots from the new growth.
Put Them In Water
Collect cuttings from the plant, and then put them into a glass of water. You can also make your own rooting hormone by adding an aspirin tablet to the water.
Plant Cuttings In Growth Medium
When growing a cutting, the type of soil you use can make or break your success. One option is to use soil with good drainage and a high moist capacity–here’s how you create your own potting mix:
- Peat moss
These are three ingredients for a healthy growth medium: mix all of them together with an equal part of each. Fill your container and plant cuttings so that the roots are covered 1.5 inches deep into this mixture. Make sure you cover any air pockets by filling neatly around the roots without leaving any spaces!
Check The Roots
Transplant Cuttings In Pots
Parsley plants are in the Umbelliferae family, and in the first year of growth, you will harvest full-grown stems. In its second year of growth, parsley begins to produce seeds that can be harvested for next year’s crops. Parsley plants have a life cycle of two years.