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Planting Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme Seeds

Mary Smith |

Instructions for our Parsley Sage, Rosemary & Thyme Starter Kit

In nature, some seeds require certain conditions in order to germinate.

In order for the cold stratification of seeds to be successful, we create an environment to mimic the natural cycle. For cold stratification, we use coconut coir or sand, water and refrigerate for 3-6 weeks.

For more info, read A "Growing List of seeds to Stratify"

Cold Stratify: Sage & Rosemary Seeds




Soak seeds in warm water (110º) for 24 to 36 hours before planting. Indoors:Sprinkle seeds over damp seed starting mix and cover lightly for a depth of 1/4”. Spray gently with a water bottle and keep parsley seeds moist by using a humidity dome or plastic wrap. Seeds can take 10 to 28 days to sprout.

Direct sow: sow seeds approx ¼ inch deep in warm, moist soil after your last frost date. Keep the soil moist until germination.



Sage seeds can take 3 weeks (or more) to germinate even under optimal conditions. Patience is a must! Plant seeds shallow (approx 1/8 inch deep) and keep soil warm and moist.

Sage prefers full sun and well-drained soil.  Avoid overhead watering once seedlings emerge. sage can be grown in ground or in containers.



Rosemary seeds will take time and patience. Rosemary grows best in light, slightly acidic, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. When established, it is drought tolerant

Sow seeds indoors in mid-February to April and transplant or direct sow into the garden in May. When planting seeds, barely cover them with a seed starting mix and apply bottom heat.

Germination is notoriously low, so plant more seeds than needed.




Lightly press thyme seeds into a moist growing medium and barely cover them with soil. · The optimal soil temperature for seed germination is 65º

Starting Thyme seeds in containers is recommended as the seeds are tiny. Transplant seedlings once your soil has warmed up.


If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!
Email: mary@marysheirloomseeds.com



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