Why You Should Never Plant Parsley Directly In The Sun

Parsley is a demanding herb – at least as far as the right location is concerned. It wants to stand very brightly, but it does not tolerate direct sunlight. It then gets white spots or even dies completely.

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Growing parsley in the open ground

In the open ground parsley location plays a very important role. The soil must not only be very permeable, so that the moisture does not accumulate. The bed needs a lot of light, but should not be directly in the sun for hours.

It is best to place the bed of parsley next to a shade that does not deprive the plants of light.

If there is no suitable location, you can provide light shade with appropriate planting or a small fence.

Growing parsley on the balcony

Grow parsley in a box on the balcony is recommended in very sunny gardens. There you can easily move the flower box (36,00€ at Amazon*) before it is directly in the sun.

It is even better if you immediately put the boxes with parsley in a semi-shaded place.

The right location on the window sill
Many parsley fans grow their parsley on the window sill in the kitchen or another room. It’s nice and bright there, but you need to consider the location of the window.

With south and west-facing windows, the sun will shine directly on the parsley pots from midday if they are too close to the window.

The window glass acts like a burning glass. The sun burns the parsley leaves behind the glass. Therefore, place the plants farther away from the glass or provide shade such as a bistro curtain.

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Here’s how to tell if your parsley has gotten too much sun

  • Leaves droop
  • White spots on the leaves
  • Parsley in the open ground does not care and does not grow
  • The soil or pot has dried out even though you watered.

Tips & tricks
You should not grow parsley in an herb bed. Most herbs grow best directly in the sun. Parsley would not thrive there. Besides, if you were to replant the biennial plant, it would have to be sown in a different location anyway, as it doesn’t get along with itself.


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