Why Does Parsley So Often Droop Its Leaves?

Parsley in a pot from the supermarket often leaves drooping after a short time. It does not take long, then the parsley has died completely. A wrong location, too much heat and especially too much water are the main causes.

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Causes of drooping leaves

  • Pot too small
  • Too much water
  • Location too sunny

Potted parsley from the supermarket to consume immediately
Pots of parsley sold in supermarkets are intended for immediate consumption. They usually cannot be stored for a long time. If you plant them in the garden, the parsley often dies immediately.

To be on the safe side, harvest any stalks that you can’t use immediately and store them in the refrigerator for a maximum of two days.

You can also try using the following tips to save store-bought parsley for a longer period of time. However, there is no guarantee that it will succeed.

Transplant into larger pots
If the root is oozing out of the bottom of the pot or the pot ball is bulging over the edge of the pot, the pot is too small. Put the plant in a larger pot with large drainage holes.

Do not place too sunny
Parsley does not tolerate sunlight well and certainly not directly behind a pane of glass. Place the plant as brightly as possible without getting sun.

Watering is the main problem
When parsley droops its leaves, many consumers think it needs more water. However, the opposite is true.

Waterlogging in the pot is the end of any parsley plant. Therefore, the pot must have large drainage holes and stand on a saucer. Excess watering water should be immediately poured away.

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Before watering, check with your finger whether the soil in the pot is dry. Only then the plant needs some water. Do not water too much, it is enough if the pot ball is soaked but not wet.

Tips & Tricks
If you want to buy pots of parsley to harvest from it for a long time or to plant it out in the garden, you should go to the specialized garden store. The plants offered there are more robust. Even better is to sow parsley yourself, then you will get strong, healthy plants.


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