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I am going to try growing fennel this year for the first time. I looked it up and i found that that the seeds need to soak for four days and that it does not transplant well. If this is true rhen I guess you plant after the frost date. Also it said that the plants grow 5 ft. tall. It also said 4" apart so would that mean 4 per square? Any comments would help.
johnp to the forum. I had tried a transplant last summer but it did not do well. Then in the fall I planted several seeds directly in MM (mel's mix); thinking this will never work they are a warm climate plant. We have had a really mild winter, with only a few frosts. These have over wintered, not really large but still growing.
Best of luck with them
Best of luck with them
Like I said I really did not think they would grow; they were planted in mid October from seed. It is a 4x bed, I sowed 2 rows at a 6in spacing between each plant down the center of each row. This variety is said to get 16 inches tall so I gave them room.
@johnp wrote:I am going to try growing fennel this year for the first time. I looked it up and i found that that the seeds need to soak for four days and that it does not transplant well. If this is true rhen I guess you plant after the frost date. Also it said that the plants grow 5 ft. tall. It also said 4" apart so would that mean 4 per square? Any comments would help.
John , use a toilet roll core tube cut to give two small cylinders , wrap some sticky tape round them to stop them coming undone .
Fill with fine vermiculite whilst they are stood on a tray , sow eac with two fennel seeds pour a couple of pints of warm rain water in the tray and they will germinate quite well with out presoaking .
Every other day or so see if the vermiculite is drying out if so re soak from below as before .
When the plants are three inches high soak the tube for 1/2 hr and gently slide the vermiculite and plants out onto a saucer . Use a spoon to gently lift the plant without damaging the fine root or the stem of the plant and slip it into a prewatered hole in MM .
Water it in and use the spoon to move some MM towards the hole , water this in .
Last year I produced 17 fennel bulbs by doing it this way .
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johnp here is another thread you may be interested in within this forum
For a recipe we are making tonight it calls for ground fennel. All I could find in the store were fennel seeds so I presume we grind these. Also it calls for a half of fennel bulb. I pulled two plants (first time grower) and the part above the bulb root is the part you use. What I read was that when it bolts it is no longer good. Well all mine have bolted. Can some tell me if they are still useable?
Yes you can, but it may be woody.
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