Growing Fennel, Bronze Herb Seed
- Days to Maturity: Perennial
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Planting Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Spacing: 12-18”
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Well-drained and amended
- Temp Preference: Warm
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Color: Dark-green bronze leaves with yellow flowers
- Flavor: Earthy and mild-licorice
Sowing and Growing
Sow in place in spring as soon as the weather is consistently warm. Thin seedlings to stand 12-18” apart. If you’re planting indoors, you can sow as early as 6 weeks before the last frost hits, just be sure to use a deep peat pot that can support its long tap root. Fennel can survive some drought, but does better with moderate water, especially when it’s planted in well-drained soil. Germination occurs around 2 weeks from the sowing date.
Snip off leaves anytime for fresh use and drying. Cut off flower heads when fully ripe. Separate and store in a glass jar in a cool, dark spot. The large, deep roots may be dug in spring or fall. This long lived perennial will also reseed itself and can become a nuisance if not controlled. Give it plenty of room and quickly remove unwanted seedlings.
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