Parsnips

Gladiator Parsnip

Gladiator Parsnip

PN650

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.

Culture
• 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

KEY TO PARSNIP DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
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.