Organic Florence Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare
An heirloom fennel known as Finocchio in Italy. The celery like stalks and bulbs of this beautiful plant have a beautiful feathery blue green foliage. Fennel has a mild licorice flavor that is great raw in salads, tossed in stirfry's, in soups and amazing roasted! Our fennel variety is great for containers.
Offering a delicious anise taste and crisp texture, this heirloom will exceed all your expectations. We enjoy placing the stock in a glass of water for fabulous fennel essence in your water!
Fennel is also a host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly! Female butterflies lay their eggs only on certain host plants that will nourish the young caterpillars after they hatch. Grow these plants, supply food for the caterpillars, and remember to allow the caterpillar to devour the host plants!
- Sun: Full-partial
- Indoors: 4 - 6 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: After last frost
- Seed Count: 50
- Days to Maturity: 90 - 100
- Plant Size: 2' - 3'
Growing Tips: Transplant after danger of frost has subsided. Can easily be divided in spring or fall. Do not disturb roots, can cause plants to bolt. Best to grow in moderate temperatures. Hot/cold extremes cause bulbs to get tough.
If starting seeds indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.