Fennel has an edible fern like top with a mild licorice like taste. The mild taste makes it a great garnish for a variety of dishes. The bulb at the plants base is used in salads or may be steamed, braised or baked.
How to Grow Fennel
- Latin Name: Foeniculum vulgare
- Days to Maturity: 60- 90
- Hardiness Zone: 2- 10
- Soil: Ph 6.3 to 8.3, warm, moist
- Temperature: Cooler
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Space: 12"
- Row Spacing: 18"
- Pests/disease: Aphids, Leaf blight, Downy mildew, Powdery mildew and rust
- Seed Count:
- 1 oz- Approximately 34,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 136,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 544,000 Seeds
Sow outdoors in early spring following the last frost. The plants will need approximately 1 inch of water per week while in the growing season. Make sure to keep the weeds out. Fennel is a short lived plant but is great at reseeding. The seed heads turn brown when they are ready for harvesting. Fennel stalks should be harvested approximately 5 to 7 months after planting. Once the stalks have been removed the bulb can be cleaned and stored as well.