Seeds - Fennel, Florence OG
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Description: An essential ingredient in Italian cuisine and the characteristic flavour in Italian sausage. The ‘bulb’ is used fresh or roasted. The foliage is also very flavourful and both foliage and bulbs may be added to fresh salads. Also called Finocchio.
Pack Size: 1/32 ounce
Latin Name: Foeniculum vulgare
Alternative Names: Florence fennel
Main Uses: Culinary, Medicinal
Days to Maturity: 80 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 120 - 150 cm (4 - 5 ft.)
Flower Color: Yellow (insignificant)
Flowering Time: Summer
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 7 - 14 days at 21° C.
Sowing: Direct-sow outdoors in fertile soil as soon as the ground can be worked. Keep moist until seedlings appear.
Seed Depth: 1/4”
Seeds Spacing: 2”. Thin to 8” - 12” when seedlings are 2” tall.
Row Spacing: 18”
Growing tips: When bulbs are about 2 1/2”, cover with soil.
Growing in Containers: Not suited to containers.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not suited for mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.
Watering (Garden): Water daily for the first two weeks post transplanting, then only as conditions require.
Harvesting: Leaves may be harvested at any time. Bulbs are harvested when they are the size of a tennis ball.
Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Fennel attracts a variety of beneficial insects including ladybugs, hoverflies, tachinid flies and beneficial parasitoid wasps. Aphids are said to be repelled by it.
Garden Companions: Fennel is said to be a companion plant to dill, improving the quality of the dill and vice-versa.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.