The Parsnip is a root vegetable related to the carrot. Parsnips resemble carrots, but are paler in colour and have a much stronger flavour.  The starch in the parsnip root changes under the cold temperature into sugar, resulting in a strong, sweet, unique taste.
Parsnips like carrots are easy to cultivate provided you have the space. The parsnip has grown to become a favourite with gardeners in areas with short growing seasons.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Parsnips do not like the warm climates, and require frost in order to develop their flavour.

    Parsnips do grow best in open sunny areas.

    Parsnips prefer being grown in sandy, loamy soil. Silt, clay and rocky soils are unsuitable as they produce shorter forked roots.

    It is a winter vegetable as it will not properly develop until the roots have been exposed to near freezing temperatures for 2 – 4 weeks in autumn and early winter.

    Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.

    The seeds should be planted in the early weeks of spring.

    Plant seeds 2 – 3cm deep at 20cm -25cm apart in rows set 40cm – 50cm apart.

    Harvesting should take place in late autumn through to winter.

    Parsnips are not suited for growing in pots or containers and so should be directly planted out in the garden.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant  

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¾-1 cup (150-200g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 1.5 - 2kg/10m row

    Comments: Apply fertiliser along furrows in row positions.


    Stage: Side Dress

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½ cup (50-80g)/m²   

    Commercial Use: 0.6 - 1.2kg/10m²

    Comments: Apply when thinning out is completed and again 4 weeks later, water in.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.