The aromatic plants are a real little treasure for the balcony, where you can find leaves to spice up our dishes in the kitchen. And what seedling smells better than parsley?

Parsley is a biennial plant, typical of the Mediterranean, known for its leaves with a slightly bitter but irresistible taste. It is not one of the easiest aromatic plants, but it is also not too complicated to care for. Did you know that you only need to get a sprig of this plant from the greengrocer to have a huge supply of parsley? Let’s find out together how to do it, by multiplying with cuttings.

  1. Choose the right branch

First, you need to ask the greengrocer to give you a branch of at least 2 inches long, healthy, not too young and with a beautiful tuft of leaves at the top. After you take the branch, remove all the leaves at the base.

Attention: If you are inexperienced with plants, you can ask for help from a professional with a green thumb!

  1. Put in water or soil.

At this stage you need to make sure that roots sprout from the base of the branch. How to do. You just need to put the branch in a glass or container filled with water. Alternatively, you can bury the base in a mixture of peat and sand to keep it moist at all times.

  1. Bring to the light

At this stage, you need to place the branch in a sufficiently bright place, but not exposed to direct sunlight. It is ideal to keep it on a windowsill.

Therefore, pay attention to the temperatures, which must be between 65° F and 75° F. Therefore, the best time for the propagation of parsley is spring or the end of summer, when temperatures are neither too high nor too low.

Note: If you want to speed up the root growth process, you can cover the base of the cutting with a root mixture, which you can easily find in the nursery. Alternatively, you can use ground cinnamon, which stimulates the growth of new roots. Read here if you want to learn more uses for ground cinnamon in the garden.

  1. Put it down

If you have taken good care of the cutting, after a few weeks you will notice that roots have emerged. If they seem thick enough, you can take the branch out of the water (or from the sand – peat mixture) and plant it in a proper container with soil. The ideal soil is a mixture of black peat, light peat and clay, which provides excellent drainage and counteracts the formation of standing water. At this point your parsley seedling is ready! Remember that with this method you can always get an infinite number of new seedlings from individual branches! In addition to parsley, do you want to keep a basil plant on the balcony ? Learn how to take care of it here.

Cultivation advice

Once you have obtained a true parsley seedling, you need to take care of it to keep it healthy and thick at all times.

  • Keep in mind that this seedling needs a lot of water, especially when it is hot: water it every day without using too much to keep the soil constantly moist.
  • A secret is to always choose terracotta pots: this material actually allows the soil to breathe and thus increases the well-being of the roots.
  • In the cold months you must protect it from the cold by bringing the seedling indoors or protecting it with nylon sheets.
  • Finally, remember that you can fertilize from the beginning of spring to encourage the emergence of new leave. The ideal fertilizer is a nitrogen fertilizer, but you can also simply use compost. Here are some natural fertilizers you can try with your parsley.