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Growing Fennel, also Bronze fennel

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Fennel in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: Thin to 30 cm
  • Harvest in 14-15 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best grown away from vegetables
  • Bronze fennel

A tall plant with feathery looking leaves. The whole plant has an aniseed flavour, including the seeds. Choose a place in the garden where it can self seed without causing too much trouble and there will be seedlings every year.

Needs staking to protect the seed heads. Can grow to 1.5m (5 ft). Keep watered, otherwise the leaves dry off.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Fennel

Cut off leaves as required Use leaves fresh or dried . Particularly good with fish.
The seeds can be used in pickling mixes.

Your comments and tips

21 Sep 18, Elaine Chan (Australia - temperate climate)
It's supposed to give you better bulbs when grown in warmer weather. When did you grow yours?
03 Apr 18, Ollie (Australia - temperate climate)
I see that Fennel here is listed to be planted in Sept/Oct. However I find that Fennel is better as a winter crop with soups and I plant it March/April. It grows really well here in Perth.
04 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
This website is a guide only.
03 Jun 15, Sally-Anne Pucek (Australia - temperate climate)
Fennel bulb is great in stews and savoury hotpots chopped up. To make it last , dice and freeze in snap lock freezer bags. If you have no luck growing, buy bulk in season when cheap, dice and freeze till needed- delicious.
20 Mar 14, Peter (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm in suburban Adelaide. Tried fennel last year. Grew like crazy, but no bulb. Any tips on how, when and where to plant would be much appreciated.
09 Nov 12, John Hunt (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it OK to plant fennel out of full sun. I have a spot which gets about 4 hours a day? Thanks JH
02 Jul 12, Pixie (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Ive had no luck growing a fennel bulb, I only get beautiful leaves and seeds, it's the yummy bulb I'm after. What should I be purchasing to grow fennel bulbs? Thank you
01 Sep 12, Alexis (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Pixie - the bulb grows on Florence fennel, whereas wild fennel will just give you leaves and seeds.
26 Jun 12, Rob Watts (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Fennel leaves which are young and soft make an excellent tasting and aromatic addition to any mixed salad - chop finely and mix with what ever else you have fresh. A great addition for 12 months of the year in Brisbane!
17 Nov 11, Graeme (Australia - arid climate)
You will find fennel seeds in your pantry cupboard. And cumin seeds. And a lot of other things you use everyday for cooking. Just plant them and water them!
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