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By Skipper

Avon, United Kingdom Gb

Grew first time last year. Quite a bit of canker and forking.Researching says Gladiator good. What about forking.Any ideas?



Is it stoney where your planting them........that could be the reason for Forking...............

24 Feb, 2009


Thanks for reply. No not stony and not all fork. Read could be too much manure but dont understand why?

24 Feb, 2009


Root vegetables will fork in their haste to 'gobble up' nutrition if the soil is too rich. You really need a stone and grit free not ultra nutritious soil.

24 Feb, 2009


Parsnips need deeply dug soil in which to grow, fresh manure is not recommended. You can bore holes and fill with prepared soil for long show parsnips.
Canker starts with cracking after a long dry spell, then heavy rain. A dressing of Lime on your ground should be done 2 or 3 weeks before sowing.
I have also used salt at 2 ounces per square yard.
Parsnips do not transplant.
Like all crops, preparation of the ground beforehand will give you the best results.

24 Feb, 2009


hi skipper,
we grew gladiator parsnips last year ( and the year before that).
no canker , huge parsnips as well . had a few forked ones this year, but they were a later crop in a different area of the same raised bed.but overall we rate gladiator and will be growing them again this year.
hope this helps...........steve

25 Feb, 2009


Re parsnips many thanks all who replied most helpful

25 Feb, 2009

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