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Fennel Seeds - Fennel Common

Botanical - Foeniculum vulgare

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210 Seeds
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H-FEN-02
 
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210 Seeds.

Other Names - Green Fennel…

Common fennel is an attractive tall growing perennial with blue-green feather-like foliage and bright yellow flowers. The mild flavoured leaves are delicious with fish, lamb, pork, salads, stuffing's and soups. The seeds can be used when cooking oily fish such as mackerel. The stems are also edible and have a stronger flavour. Common fennel is slightly hardier than bronze fennel.

  • Leaves can be used fresh, frozen or dried.
  • Excellent for the back of the herbaceous borders.
  • Attractive feathery blue-green coloured leaves.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, flower borders, containers, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, wildlife gardens

Sowing Months - Late February - July

Harvest - April - early November

Uses - Seeds in baked goods. Leaves used to flavour fish dishes, vegetables, soup etc.


Soil Preperation

Add some well rotted manure or compost to the soil a few weeks before sowing. If the soil is heavy clay or the drainage is poor mix in a generous amount of sand and gravel to the soil also. Remove any weeds from the area.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Perennial Module Grown & Transplants
Type   Distance between plants N/A
Position Full sun Distance between rows N/A
Average height 70 - 150 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 45 - 55 cm Sowing distance between plants 30 cm
Hardiness Fully hardy Distance between rows 40 cm
Overwintering Yes Sowing depth 5 mm
Soil Ph   Germination temperature 13 to 19℃
Soil condition Fertile, moist, well drained soil RHS Bee friendly Yes
RHS Award winner No Days to germination 7 - 24 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Fennel do not like to be transplanted and are best sown direct.







Direct Sowing

Sow 2 - 3 seeds per station, 30 cm apart in rows 40 cm wide at the depth suggested above. The soil should be a fine tilth.
Water the newly sown seeds well.
Thin to one strong seedling per station.
Thinning's do not transplant well.


Growing On

Water young fennel plants well until established, however do not overwater.
Water established plants well in dry conditions. Container grown plants will need watering more often.
The production of flowers will hinder the growth of leaves. To keep the plants producing leaves for longer remove the flower heads as they appear.
Divide the roots in late autumn if more plants are required or allow to self seed.
If allowed to self seed, remove any unwanted seedlings when young. Older plants will have grown a deep tap root which can make lifting difficult.


Harvesting

The leaves, seeds and fleshy stems can be eaten.
Harvesting of the leaves and stems can start as soon as the plants are large enough and are growing strong.
The seeds will be ready to harvest when they are ripe and have turned brown in autumn.
To dry the seeds, carefully snip the brown flower heads. Place in a paper bag. Tie the bag, tap and shake to release the seeds.
The seeds will need to be fully dry before storing. Thinly scatter the seeds on a piece of clean cloth and dry in a well ventilated area away from direct sunlight. After 10 - 14 days they should be dry.
Store the dried seeds in an airtight container in a cool dark location.

TIP

The plants will easily self seed and can become invasive. Remove flower heads if self seeding is not desired.

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