Florence Fennel with it’s crispy, mildly sweet, anise-like flavor, grown by the ancient Greeks, will brighten salads and sandwiches or used to flavor meat dishes and soups. Broad overlapping leaf bases form a swollen, bulb-like structure just above the ground.
Plant fennel in a separate location, as it does not generally play well with other herbs and plants, however, it is great for attracting a variety of beneficial insects including ladybugs, syrphid flies, tachninid flies, beneficial parasitoid wasps and hoverflies and other beneficial predator insects to your garden. Aphids are said to find fennel exceptionally offensive and are strongly repelled by it.
Germ: 7-10 days
Maturity: 65-100 days
Net Wt. per Packet: 250 milligrams
Approximate Seed Count: 60 Seeds/Packet
Planting and Care Direct seed when the soil temperatures are above 50 degrees in full sun or partial shade. Fennel may be planted in the late summer or fall for winter harvest in mild climates. Germination temperature 50-75 deg. Water regularly and thin to 4-6″. Soil can be mounded around the bulb to keep it blanched.
Harvest Holding the bulb at the base, gently pull the whole plant when the bulbs reach 3″ and are still pearly white. Trim off the roots and the top of the green leafy stems. Remove the outer leaves and slice or chop the crisp white bulb.
Your Health Fennel bulbs are a good source of fiber, essential oils, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.