Gladiator Parsnip

Gladiator Parsnip


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.

   Hybrid Variety
Approximately 175 seeds per gram.
  • PN650/S
  • 2 grams
  • $3.95

  • PN650/P
  • 7 grams
  • $6.75

  • PN650/B
  • 1/2 oz
  • $11.85

  • PN650C1
  • 5M seeds
  • $14.95

  • PN650C2
  • 25M seeds
  • $47.00
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
55-75°F15-281/2"3-4"1/2"12-18"65%1 year≈ 175Low

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.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Parsnips perform best in deeply worked, well-composted, loose soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• High nitrogen fertilizer or manure can cause roots to fork and become hairy
• Avoid compacting the soil as parsnips are deeply rooted
• Keep well watered through the growing season

Direct Sowing
• Dig a shallow furrow and lightly cover seed with soil, vermiculite or sifted compost
• Water evenly and regularly to prevent soil crusting
• Row cover beds when soil temperatures are cool and to help prevent soil crusting
• Thin when plants are 4 inches tall
• Savvy gardeners plant radish seed in the furrow with parsnips to help break the soil surface for slower-growing parsnips
• Sow mid-June—July for a fall/winter crop

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Carrot rust fly maggots
Insect control: Reemay or Summer Insect Barrier, until tops are 3-4 inches tall
Common diseases: Celery blight
Disease prevention: Keep well watered and a 3-4 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Flavor is enhanced after a couple of frosts
• Roots can be dug any time at maturity through winter as needed
• Protect from freezing with a weed-free straw mulch
• Store at 36°F and 95% humidity

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.