Fennel – Florence
great for raised garden beds, containers, and in-ground gardens
1 in stock
All parts of this plant are edible from seeds to root. Fennel is actually a tender perennial usually grown as an annual. It prefers cooler weather, so grow it during the springtime. I personally have never grown fennel or prepared fennel in a recipe. I have purchased these seeds in hopes of providing another host plant for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars in 2022. I have more than I will ever use over the next three years, so I am sharing a few packets of these seeds so they don’t go to waste.
Days to Maturity: 90 to 115
Packet is 10 seeds.
Fennel is a cool weather crop. Start indoors 4-6 weeks before your last average frost. Sow 1/4″ deep in seed-starting mix. If soil is kept moist around 70° F, germination is in 7-14 days.
Once they have germinated, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow them 3-4″ beneath a fluorescent plant light turned on 16 hours per day. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs are too hot and will not work for this.
Before transplanting into the garden, you will need to harden off the seedlings so they can adjust to the outdoor weather. Move them outside in a sheltered place off and on for a week, letting them sit outside for a longer time each day.
Plant in the garden 16-24″ apart.
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