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‘Parcel’ or ‘Par-Cel’ is also known by the botanical name, Apium graveolens. This is a hardy biennial plant that produces edible leaves with a strong flavour of celery; Parcel’s stems are edible too, but it is the pungent leaves that this plant is usually grown for. The name of ‘Parcel’ was given because this edible plant has foliage that resembles parsley but when eaten it has the flavour of celery; so the plant’s common name is an amalgamation of the two names – ‘Parcel’.
I sowed my ‘Parcel’ seeds outside in my Vegepod in March. If you’re growing ‘Parcel’ it is vital that you know that these seeds need light to germinate – scatter the seeds on the surface of the compost – gently press to ensure the seeds make contact with the soil (or peat-free compost) but don’t cover the seeds with any soil or compost or the seeds won’t germinate.
I raised my ‘Parcel’ seeds in my Vegepod. At the time, my Vegepod was sited in a shaded position (crammed between a house wall and an evergreen hedge) that doesn’t receive any direct sunlight – tricky growing conditions for any plant, yet ‘Parcel’ thrived here – hurrah! There’s no need to start ‘Parcel’ seeds off inside a greenhouse; sow outdoors from March until the end of April.
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Articles that mention Parcel:
- Mar. 2023 – Is your Garden Shady? Discover the Success Stories from my Vegepod Shade Trial & Grow Amazing Vegetables in your Shaded Garden this Spring & Summer!
- Nov. 2022 – Giving Thanks for Gorgeous Easy-to-Grow Houseplants!
- Mar. 2022 – Experiencing the Joy of Spring in the Garden!
- Dec. 2020 – BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part twenty-four)
- May. 2020 – An update on the Paphiopedilum & Phalaenopsis orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium (part two)
- Mar. 2020 – An update on the Aerangis, Amesiella, and Angraecum orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium (part two)
- Sep. 2019 – An Update on the Orchids growing inside my Orchidarium (part four)
- Sep. 2019 – An Update on the Phalaenopsis Orchids growing inside my Orchidarium (part four)
- Aug. 2019 – More Ideas for Sustainable Living
- May. 2019 – Phalaenopsis parishii and Phalaenopsis parishii alba – a super cute orchid species!
- Aug. 2018 – Orchidarium Update (part three)
- May. 2017 – Phalaenopsis parishii alba
- Apr. 2017 – The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium
- Jan. 2017 – Beautiful, British Grown Flowers for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day 2017
- Oct. 2016 – BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part six)
- Jan. 2016 – Seasonal Cut Flowers
- Nov. 2015 – A long-term review of the BiOrbAir (part three)
- Aug. 2015 – BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir
- May. 2015 – A long-term review of the BiOrbAir (part two)
- Jan. 2015 – Where to buy British Grown Cut Flowers for Valentine’s Day 2015