Direct-Sow Basics

Fennel Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Row Spacing:12”
Plant Spacing:8”-10”
Days to Germination:7-14 days
Germination Temperature:65°F

To raise Fennel transplants, sow seed sparingly in pots, provide good sunlight, good air ventilation and warm conditions (but not overly hot). Prepare the Fennel bed in moderately fertile, loamy, well-draining soil. Accustom seedlings gradually to the outdoors, moving them into the garden after the danger of frost has passed. Disturbing the roots of the seedlings may impair bulb formation, causing only leafy growth, so be careful when handling the seedlings. Incorporate organic fertilizer around each transplant and water well. Or, direct-sow when the danger of frost has passed. Thin out when seedlings are 2" tall. Fennel likes neutral pH soil. Keep the soil moist and fertilize as needed. Pinch off flower stalks to keep the plant’s energy directed into the bulb. Harvest round, plump bulbs by cutting to the soil level – tiny Fennels may then sprout from the base.

Deer Resistant Seed Varieties

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