Parsnip 'White Gem' Seeds | Pastinaca Sativa | By Mr Fothergills

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Parsnip 'White Gem' Seeds | Pastinaca Sativa | By Mr Fothergills
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Parsnip 'White Gem' Seeds | Pastinaca Sativa | By Mr Fothergills

Parsnip "White Gem" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's

Our pastinaca sativa Parsnip "White Gem" seeds produces high yields of medium-sized, wedge-shaped parsnips with smooth white skin and flesh. With its sweet flavour, this variety tastes delicious friend, roasted, or stewed. It crops well on most soil types and has good resistance to canker.

Variety Information

No. Seeds Per Pack 500
Sow Indoors February - May
Sow Outdoors February - May
Location Full Sun, Partial Shade
Harvest Time October - February
Hardiness Hardy Annual


Sweet Flavour
Delicious Fried, Roasted & Stewed
Good Canker Resistance
High Yields
Optional Extras
  • 5 Pack Seedling Planter Tray 24 Cells
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • 200 Litres - The Chamberlain Wooden Raised Grow Bed by Lacewing™ - 100cm² (H20cm)
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  • Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Giant Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Slug Barrier Circles
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Parsnips are easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: this species is hardy and well-suited to the UK's climate.
  • Planting In Pots: parsnips have long roots, so will need a pot at least 61cm (24in) deep.
  • Position: place in full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil Types: sow in light, fertile soil.

Germination Requirements: keep well watered to encourage good germination; it can take up to 28 days.

Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow 2-3 seeds 1.5cm (1/2in) deep.

Planting Distance (Ground): sow 2-3 seeds 1.5cm (1/2in) deep at 15cm (6in) intervals in rows 30cm (12in) apart.

Soil Preparation: remove weeds and large stones, warm with cloches before sowing.

Thinning: when seedlings are around 2.5cm (1in) high, thin out to leave 1 seedling per hole.

Pest Control: use polythene barriers or horticultural fleece to protect from carrot fly.

Watering Requirements: water sparingly to keep the soil moist.

For a more detailed guide please read our blog below.

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Seeds Jargon

  • F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
  • Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
  • Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.
Hybrids vs Open Pollinated

As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.

Annual, Biennial and Perennial

Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.

Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender

Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.

We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.

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