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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.


Harvesting

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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