7 Parsley Companion Plants

Parsley plants grow best when grown near other beneficial plants. Which companion plants should you consider it?

Parsley is a great companion plant to grow with other crops, acting as an organic insect repellent and is beneficial to many garden crops. Its potential as a companion plant increases if you allow it to bloom. 

Here are some plants to consider planting with parsley in your garden.

1. Chives

Chives are an excellent herb to pair with your parsley. Parley is a biennial that flowers in its second year of growth. The flowers attract pollinators and beneficial insects that feed on many pests that eat your chives.

organic chives planted in the home garden

2. Corn

Corn is a great companion plant for many crops, including parsley, which attracts tachinid flies. Armyworms and corn earworms are major corn pests. Plant parsley alongside your corn crop to fight against these insects. These worms are killed by parasitic tachinid fly larvae that eat them.

young corn ready for harvest

3. Tomatoes

Parsley plants are typically used as traps to lure pests away from tomatoes. Aside from that, it also deters aphids, which are significant pests. The hoverflies near parsley plants also help keep tomato plants healthy by eating aphids.

There are numerous tomato varieties, and some attract different insects than others, so do your research before planting them. 

fresh and red tomatoes after the rain

4. Beans

Weevils, aphids, and cutworms can infest beans. The crop benefits from parsley’s ability to attract beneficial insects, like tachinid flies, that eat these pests. Both bush and pole bean varieties and other closely related legumes make great companion plants for parsley because they add nitrogen to the soil, which also benefits the herb’s growth.

5. Roses

Sawflies are pests that can damage the appearance and productivity of this beautiful flower. To keep sawflies at bay, plant parsley beside the roses. Not only does it keep pests away, but parsley also helps improve the flowers’ fragrance. 

Parsley attracts tachinid flies and hoverflies, which feed on sawflies and aphids. When grown nearby roses, this herb also deters rose beetles from infesting and feeding on the flowers.

fresh pink roses in the farm

6. Peppers

Peppers repel most pests on their own due to their taste and scent. However, aphids and beetles can sometimes make their way around and still infest the crop.

Parsley attracts predators that feed on the aphids and beetles that eat your plants. Maintaining a parsley patch near your crops will solve many problems that peppers cannot handle on their own. 

7. Brassicas

Cabbage worms and cutworms are pests that can seriously damage plants such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower. Parsley is an effective deterrent to these pests, improving the health of your brassica crops.

Since parsley is a sun-loving herb, it can be planted near brassica plants to provide shade and moisten the soil during the hottest hours. 

fresh cabbage ready for harvest
Leila Haynes
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