(Best months for planting Florence Fennel in USA - Zone 5a regions)
S = Plant undercover in seed trays. T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings. P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.
This is a perennial grown as an annual as the stems become more fibrous with age. Both seeds and leaves have a mild aniseed flavour. With its feathery leaves it makes a good background plant in a border. Grows to approx 1.5m (5ft) Can be repeat sown throughout the year or left to self seed.
Fennel prefers well-drained fertile soil.
The swollen base of the stem is used.
Slice and steam/stir-fry the bulb, or use raw/grated in salads. Can be cooked and served with sauces or butter.
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