The biggest mistake you can make when caring for parsley is wrong watering. The seasoning herb is really a bit squeamish in this respect. The soil should not be too dry, but waterlogged parsley tolerate even less.
Water regularly – not too much and not too little.
Parsley in itself does not mind moisture, it grows even in slightly moist soil, as long as waterlogging does not form.
Prevent by loosening the soil well before planting or sowing parsley and remove soil compaction. Then the water can drain away well.
In hot, dry weather, you need to water the parsley frequently, but always small amounts. It is better to reach for the watering can once more often.
Watering parsley on the balcony
Parsley in a pot often dies because it is watered incorrectly. Either it gets too little or too much water.
Plant the seasoning herb in a pot or balcony box that has large enough holes for water drainage.
Place the pots on a plate. Tip away any water that collects there after watering. This will prevent the water from accumulating and damaging the roots.
Watering with a watering can
You should not sprinkle parsley with the garden hose. The water will cause the curly leaves to become very heavy and lie on the ground. This is the best way to water:
- Use rainwater
- Water with a watering can
- Wet leaves as little as possible
- Do not use water that is too cold
Tips & tricks
Experienced gardeners do the thumb test before watering. When the top of the soil has dried two to three inches, it’s time to water.