All Rights Reserved. It can need up to seven months for the base to swell enough to be ready to harvest and eat, though the leaves can be harvested at any time. $10 for a mature bulb sounds extortionate - good idea to grow your own! As it grows reasonably quickly I'd be inclined just to start afresh next year by sowing a new crop. As long as you take great care to lift up as much of the root system undisturbed as possible, you should be fine. ", "Can Fennel be grown as a perenial in Edmonton,Canada? It would be nice to lend a helping hand. (We won't display this on the website or use it for marketing), (Please enter the code above to help prevent spam on this article), Recent Innovations in Vegetable Varieties, 8 Rules for Overwintering Plants in a Garage or Basement. ", "I am in Oklahoma and the summers here can get very hot and dry. Either wait for a good rainstorm to pass before sowing your fennel, or go over the ground several times with the watering can or hose to re-wet. Filed Under: Growing Vegetables, Herb Gardening, Your email address will not be published. I'd also say it's definitely worth growing herb fennel too - it's very graceful in flower and as well as butterflies the hoverflies love it. ", "My wife dosn't like onions. London ", "Hi Amanda. Space fennel plants 4 to 12 inches apart, depending on the variety. Writer Emily Nickles is a freelance writer and recent honors alumna of Texas Woman’s University. The handsome feathery foliage of this crop is matched only by its exquisite aniseed flavour that makes a fine pairing with fish (try baking parcels of mackerel with slices of fennel and lemon for a sublime dinner). it will definitely get that 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, but I am afraid it wont grow as well if its not outside. You will want to transplant when your plants are less than six weeks old and four inches tall. With the likes of early peas and potatoes, broad beans and carrots lifted and plucked, the first free gaps on the plot will be making an appearance round about now. ", "I buy bulbing fennel seed and it almost always wants to bolt....not enough watering??? But, you may start seeds indoors under grow lights 4 weeks before the last frost. It is imperative that the soil remain consistently moist. can I grow fennel here? It will be hard for you to transplant without disturbing the roots. However you use your bulb fennel you’ll be pleased you made the sowing. ", "Hi Michael. ", "Hi, I haven't read all the posts, but if your fennel does go to flower or for some strange reason you don't need it all or use it. ", "I have fennel growing in my herb bed but am not sure if it is a bulb fennel or just the herb. ", "I was introduced to fennel bulbs two years ago and I am now addicted. Has any one else tried this, two crops from one plant. Yes, fennel should grow in Okanagan. Hailing from the Mediterranean, it is at home in a fertile yet free-drained soil that’s lovingly basked by the warming rays of summer. Bulb fennel can also be grown in containers of potting compost. The plant can grow up to 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide, so it’s important that there is plenty of space for each seedling to grow. Give it a few weeks and you'll easily be able to tell the difference. The Egyptians and the Chinese used it strictly for medicinal purposes and their lore was brought back to Europe by early traders. can be the exception. Where To Grow Fennel Since fennel is a perennial vegetable, it tends to self-seed, coming back year after year. If you've seen any pests or beneficial insects in your garden in the past few days please report them to The Big Bug Hunt and help create a warning system to alert you when bugs are heading your way. In the very hottest climates heat alone can induce flowering – shading from other taller crops or temporary netting can alleviate the heat. Perhaps the most indulgent vegetable to start off at this time of year is Florence fennel, otherwise known as finocchio or, more commonly, bulb fennel. Now we do fennel, peppers and sausage. Despite its sun-kissed origins, however, bulb fennel will not tolerate dry conditions. These can then be sown in spring, so you'd cultivate the plant as an annual. You can either station sow three or four seeds every 25-30cm (10-12in) each way, thinning to leave the strongest seedling at each position, or sow the seeds in rows before thinning in stages. any tips? I hadn't realised swallowtails depended on fennel so much. If the soil is too dry, the bulb will bolt, or split. Can I grow some fennel here as well? I'm not familiar with wild fennel in S.A., but here in the UK I have in the past eaten bits of semi-wild fennel with no ill effects. To be sure of adequate moisture it is likely you’ll need to thoroughly water the ground before re-sowing with fennel. , you will never get a real bulb , but wait a few weeks, and you end up with light extended bulbs. There are two main types of fennel varieties. I keep waiting but now some is bolting ( not enough watering recently in my absence ). There are two types of fennel: bulb, or Florence fennel, and also herb fennel. The longest day of the year marks a distinct turning point in the gardener’s calendar, with summer well and truly in command and, hopefully, the first flush of harvests coming and thick and fast if not already snaffled up. Flavonoids, phenolic compounds, fatty acids, and amino acids compose the internal structure of this herb. They are there but flat! As the stem bases begin to swell plants can be ‘earthed up’ just like potatoes by pushing loose soil up against the bases.