Fennel Florence Finocchio HEIRLOOM Seeds

Fennel Florence Finocchio HEIRLOOM Seeds

Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum

Item #5032

90 days for "bulb". Tender perennial grown as an annual. If you have never had fennel "bulb", you are missing a treat. It can be eaten raw, used to flavor soups, pasta, and sautéed dishes, or even deep-fried. Feathery leaves are attractive in the garden and are an excellent fresh garnish to fish, chicken, tomatoes, and sauces. Seed can also be harvested as a spice. Perennial in USDA zones 6 to 10.

Seedling Image

(Actually tender

Full Sun

2'-4' tall

Days to Emerge:
14 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
A group of
5 seeds
every 10"

Row Spacing:

When 1" tall,
thin to 1
every 10"

When to sow outside: For bulbous base: 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, or midsummer for fall harvest. For foliage only: Every 3 weeks after average last frost until midsummer.

When to start inside: Only needed for spring planting bulbous base production in hot summer climates. Sow inside 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost.

Harvesting: BULBOUS STEM BASE: Harvest any time after the base begins to fatten, and before plant begins to bolt (prematurely go to seed). Cut just below the soil surface. LEAVES: Can be clipped for fresh use almost anytime after plant becomes established. SEEDS: Harvest seeds when they turn from yellow green to grey green. If they turn brown, they may fall to the ground before you can harvest them.

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