Orazio Fennel (F1 Hybrid 50-80 Days)
The Orazio Fennel is a reliable hybrid that produces fine, uniform bulbs for late summer or early fall harvest. Very aromatic and tender, never woody; resistant to cracking and bolting. Harvest for baby or full-sized bulbs.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-75ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/8" deep
Sowing Indoors: 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable paper/peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Transplant out mid-spring, 6" apart. Disturbing roots can cause bolting.
Sowing Outdoors: Early to mid-spring. Sow a few seeds every 1-2", thin 6" apart to the strongest seedling. Keep soil moist for the best germination.
How much does a packet sow: 8-10 foot single row
Harvest: When the base thickens and the bulb is the size of a tennis ball. Cut leaves off 2” above the bulb.
Tips: The Orazio Fennel should be planted in fertile, well-drained soil. Amended with compost if needed. Keep well watered for best roots.