The leaves and flavor resemble parsley, but with a hint of tarragon and anise. Its leaves taste best before flowering, so pinch off blooms for a continuous supply. Chervil grows most successfully in the cooler weather of spring and fall. Self-sows generously.
Germination: 10-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-65ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow ¼” deep
Starting Indoors: Direct sowing is recommended. Chervil has a delicate taproot and doesn’t like to be transplanted.
Sowing Outdoors: In early to mid-spring when the soil temperature reaches 55-60ºF. Sow 1-2” apart, thin to 4-6” apart. Mid to late summer for a fall crop.
Growth Habit: Upright
Height and Width: 12-16” x 10-12”
Spacing: 4-6” apart
Light Needs: Full sun to light shade
Soil Needs: Chervil needs fertile, well-drained soil
Flowering: 55-60 days
Harvest: Start when plants are 6" tall, Before the plant starts to produce flowers. Fresh leaves have the most flavor. Can be dried or frozen too.
Uses: Culinary and medicinal
Care: Remove flowers stalks to extend the harvesting period
Tips: Grows best in cooler temperatures. The plants will bolt and flower when days are long and temperatures are high. Soil doesn't like to be dried out, mulching helps keep this herb growing well in warm weather. Can be grown in containers and indoors in the winter.