Florence fennel, is fun to grow veggie with a sweet licorice taste. The white bulbs are great roasted, raw, or sauteed. The leaves can be used in a variety of dishes, like a seasoning for fish or pork, and are just as tasty fresh in salads. Easily grown, but fennel is prone to hollow heart(bulb rots from inside out) if there is not enough calcium in the soil. It is always a good choice to apply dolomitic lime or gypsum before planting or follow our organic fertilizer recipe; which has an ample amount of calcium.
When to plant: In the spring in most areas of US; except far south. Not a hot weather crop and prefers a range between 50°-80° F. In far south plant in late winter.
Days to Maturity: 60
Mature Height: 12"
Water: Keep evenly moist; but never soggy.
Fertilizer: All purpose organic granular fertilizer at planting time with a moderate application of dolomitic lime or gypsum. Lime if your pH is low, gypsum if your pH is in a good range.
pH range: 5.5-7.5
Organic Fertlizer Recipe: 1 Part Feather Meal, 1 Part Kelp Meal, 1 Part Bone Meal
Container Size: 3" Pot, 1 Plant
Photo courtesy of Southen Exposure Seed Exchange®