Grown for the "bulb",
the thick juicy base of the stems, like celery.
Chop into salads or cook; mild anise flavor decreases with cooking.
Delicious braised, and a secret ingredient in some of the best pasta sauces.
Plant mid-June-August for fall crop. Stands frosts to 15F. Needs sun, water, fertile soil, but much, much easier than celery.
BOTANICAL NAME: Foeniculum vulgare
Root disturbance will cause bolting, so direct-sow or use pots unless you want seed rather than stem bulb. Increasing day-length also causes bolting, so for bulbs, plant in summer or late spring. Early spring is fine for plants grown for seed, leaf, or ornament. Likewise, to promote bulbing, assure even, steady moisture and high fertility. Mulching with compost will help with both. Harvest bulbs when large and heavy, before seedheads form.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Annual/ Spacing 12"
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