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Florence Fennel Seeds - Sweet Florence

Botanical - Foeniculum vulgare (var. dulce)

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400 Seeds.

Other Names - Sweet Fennel…

Sweet Florence is an excellent variety of fennel. It produces a large slightly flattened white bulb with long distinctive stems and feathery green foliage. Both foliage and stems have a delicate aniseed flavour and when young the foliage can be added to fish dishes and the stems can be added to stir-fries.

  • A high yielding variety producing bright white bulbs.
  • Produces decorative green foliage ideal for the flower garden.
  • A delicate aniseed flavoured vegetable.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds

Sowing Months - May - June

Harvest - August - October


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Fennel inhibits the growth of many plants and may cause bolting if grown too close together. As dill belongs to the same family the two can happily grow together.
  • The leaves of the Comfrey plant can be used to make a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer ideal for giving a nutrient boost to fruiting plants.

Soil Preperation

Florence fennel needs fertile and moisture retentive soil. Add a good amount of well rotted manure or compost a few months before sowing or planting. Remove any weeds and add some general purpose organic fertilizer to the area 1 - 2 weeks before sowing or planting.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 30 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 35 cm
Average height 60 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 65 cm Sowing distance between plants 30 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 35 cm
Overwintering No Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 15 to 20℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Do not sow Florence fennel too early. Sow 2 - 3 seeds per 4 cm module. As soon as the seeds start to germinate move to an area with good daylight, a windowsill or greenhouse is ideal. Keep the compost moist but do not overwater. When the seedlings are big enough to handle thin to one strong seedling per module.
2 - 3 weeks later, depending on speed of growth plant out into their final growing position. Harden off over 7 - 10 days before planting out to reduce shock. Plant out at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil around each plant and water well.

Direct Sowing

Do not direct sow too early. Sow 2 - 3 seeds per station 30 cm apart at the depth and row distance suggested above. Cover the seeds with soil and water well. When the seedlings are big enough to handle thin to 1 strong seedling per station. Keep the soil moist.


Growing On

Water well especially in dry weather. Too little moisture may force the plant to run to seed prematurely or the bulb will be small in size and dry in texture. Florence fennel will benefit from a thick mulch of compost before the hot summer weather arrives to help keep the surrounding soil moist. After about 6 - 7 weeks the bulbs will start to swell.
For a white coloured bulb start earthing up the bulb with surrounding soil when it is about the size of a golf ball. Carry on covering the bulb in stages until it is ready to harvest at the size of a tennis ball. If the plant is about to run to seed one of the first signs to look for is the elongation of the small bulb. When this is noticed it is advisable to harvest and eat the small bulb at this point as it will not grow any larger and if left it will become inedible.


Harvesting

To harvest cut the base with a sharp knife and trim the leaves. All the bulbs need to be lifted before the first autumn frosts arrive. Large sized bulbs can be stored up until Christmas.

TIP

To help prevent bolting, ensure the soil is kept moist and the plant is under some shade during hot sunny days. Sow at the correct time of year.

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