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Growing Florence Fennel, also Finocchio

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S T P              

(Best months for growing Florence Fennel in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings 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 15 cm
  • Harvest in 14-20 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Lettuce, Chicory, Cucumber, peas, sage
  • Avoid growing close to: Beans, tomatoes

Your comments and tips

08 Apr 16, jaye (USA - Zone 10b climate)
I live in Kingston Jamaica in the area where temperature at this time is 85 degrees. Can fennel seeds grow in this area under a shade cloth
10 Sep 15, Tracy Stanley (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello all, I have havested some fennel but have left the actual root in the ground and now I seem to have baby fennel growing again - from these roots. Does anyone know if I can leave the roots in the ground to keep sprouting? Much easier, if so, as I dont need to bother about tender seedlings. Cheers, Tracy
12 Sep 15, Tiffany (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Tracy, I've had fennel growing from roots left in a large pot a for the past couple of years - just because I hadn't bothered doing anything with them. They don't seem to grow as bulbous like this, and tend to bolt quickly, which is great for the insects. I have eaten a few baby bulbs from it too. :)
21 Sep 15, Tracy Stanley (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Tiffany, Thanks for the reply - I might just leave a couple and see... Cheers, Tracy
10 Apr 15, Chali (Australia - temperate climate)
Goodmorning, could you please tel me the best time to grow fennel in temperate climates. Thankyou (Check under the plant name for Temperate zone - Liz)
02 Aug 14, nokwanda (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
I grew fennel last year in east london. It did very well but I didn't understand how and when to harvest it for some time. It almost overwhelmed me. I would rather have it as an annual in future.
06 Apr 14, Maddison (Australia - temperate climate)
What are the types of pest that attack fennel ????
11 Jul 13, Isy Mc Donald (Australia - tropical climate)
I was given 4 seedlings and planted them about April they are growing well but I was unsure when they would be ready for use, looking at the picture they must still have a way to go as they are all feathery top ( I mistakenly thought the bulb would be underground like a carrot) and no sign of root. We have been have 6-11C degrees mornings here for the last 3 weeks or so and unually drizzely days (2-10mls)
11 Jan 14, (Australia - temperate climate)
don't know if you will get this but I thought I would make a comment by now your fennel should have had a large swolen stem you If you didn't eat it it would become skinny again and then grow up to seed if it didn't you will have ordinarily fennel or wild fennel if it made a swolen stem you will have a plant called Florence fennel
02 May 13, April (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have heard fennel is a vegetable that doesnt do well as a companion to anything else but i see above there are a few has anyone had some luck with this? Also i want to plant out now but was hoping that the timing of them being ready be after mid august...should i hold off a bit?
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Where can I get seeds or seedlings I am in Hastings Vic ?

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