Pastinaca sativa



Biennial herb grown as an annual for its edible tap root. Pinnate leaves with 7-9 leaflets. Greenish-yellow flowers in compound umbells.


Harvest usually occurs 6 months after planting. Flavour can be improved by storing at low temperatures. Can be baked or boiled.


Grows best in cold climates when planted during a cool summer and harvested in late autumn. In warmer climates, plant in late summer in a protected site. Prefers fertile, well-drained and deep soil. Phosphorous promotes good root development. Calcium, nitrogen and potassium are all important. Optimum soil pH of 6.0 Suffers few pest and disease problems. Do not grow near carrots. Fresh organic fertiliser, stones and heavy soils can all cause the tap root to fork.


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'Home Vegetable Growing' and 'Commercial Vegetable Production' courses through Australian Correspondence Schools, see 'Commercial Hydroponics' on CDROM from Australian Correspondence Schools, see