Gladiator Parsnips

Gladiator Parsnips


110 days. You'll be impressed from the start with Gladiator's quick germination and vigorous early growth. The vitamin-rich, cream colored roots have a clean parsnipy sweetness that makes it the most flavor-packed parsnip we've had the pleasure to eat. The smooth, tapered roots reach 7 inches when they're ready for the kitchen. Try Gladiator in stews or grated in salads. Seed is from England. HR: BC.

Winter Growing Information

   Hybrid Variety
Approximately 175 seeds per gram.
  • PN650/S
  • 2 grams
  • $3.35

  • PN650/P
  • 7 grams
  • $5.75

  • PN650/B
  • 1/2 oz
  • $9.95

  • PN650C1
  • 5M
  • $15.75

  • PN650C2
  • 25M
  • $45.00

  • PN650C3
  • 100M
  • $150.00
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Seed DepthSeed SpacingSoil Temp for Germ.Days to Germ.Thin Plants To Approximately 175 seeds per gram.

Pastinaca sativa: This hearty, sweet vegetable is often overlooked by gardeners, yet it deserves a place in both spring and fall plantings. A rich source of copper, this trace element is said to support hemoglobin formation for healthy bones, blood vessels, and nerves.

CULTURE: Parsnips do not require high nitrogen fertilizer or manure, as rich soils cause roots to fork and become hairy. Soil that was manured well the previous year is the best place for parsnips. Wait until the soil is dry enough to form a clodless growing medium, then till or spade the bed deeply (12-16 inches) to allow roots to elongate and develop to full size. Do not step on or near the bed at any time until harvest. Plant between early March and mid-July. Sow in rows 12-18 inches apart and cover with vermiculite or sifted compost to ensure good germination. Keep the soil moist. Parsnips are slow to germinate and seedlings are weak and won#&13;t push through crusted soil. Savvy old timers sometimes plant radish seed in the furrow with parsnips to mark the rows and help break the soil surface for the slower-growing parsnips. Thin plants when established.
DISEASES: Parsnips are sometimes bothered by celery blight. Keep parsnips well watered to avoid this problem.
INSECTS/PESTS: Carrot rust fly maggots may injure the roots of parsnips. A reliable control is to cover with crop row covers, such as Reemay or Summer Insect Barrier, until tops are 3-4 inches tall.
HARVEST: Flavor is enhanced after a couple of frosts. Dig the roots any time from October 1 through the winter, as needed. Protect from freezing in the soil with a thick straw mulch. They keep better in well-drained soil. Store at 34°F and 100% humidity.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 65%. Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding. Usual seed life: 1 year.

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
BC | Black Canker
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Slow, but tasty and self-seeding
Feb 21, 2015  |  By Laura
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These take almost no maintenance whatsoever. They take a long time to mature and once in a while we'll get one with a woody core, but they more than make up for it by being really easy to grow. They also self-seed. I bought a packet in 2012 and in February 2015 I am still eating fresh ones out of the garden. I'm not even sure what generation they are anymore. They are all over the place and I can't complain! I just let them grow wherever they come up - the foliage is distinctive enough I can distinguish them from the weeds. Might be good for those interested in permaculture type stuff.