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Florence fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var: azoricum)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Grown for its fleshy aniseed flavoured stem base, Florence fennel prefers a warmer climate. However, give it sufficient warmth and make sure it never runs out of water and it's a fairly easy crop to grow.

If you have had problems with bolting, try sowing direct as this removes the shock of transplanting from the equation.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightprefer
Loamyok
Heavyok
pH5.5 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingok
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadeok
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Seed indoors

sow indoors sow indoors

Sow three seeds 2cm deep in a fibre pot to avoid roort disturbance. Remove all but the strongest seedling when large enough to handle.Harden off two weeks prior to transplanting.


plant plant

Between plants: 30cm
Between rows: 30cm

Transplant when plants have four true leaves and protect from frost. Keep them well-watered and, when bulbs are the size of a golf ball, draw up a little earth around them to help blanch them.


harvest harvest

Harvest about three weeks after earthing up, when bulbs are the size of a tennis ball.


Seed outdoors

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 30cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow 2cm deep, three seeds per station 30cm apart in rows 30cm apart. Protect from frost, keep them well-watered and, when bulbs are the size of a golf ball, draw up a little earth around them to help blanch them.


harvest harvest

Harvest about three weeks after earthing up, when bulbs are the size of a tennis ball.


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