Fennel is a semi-hardy perennial making it through the winter here about 50% of the time. This variety is grown for its leaves and anise-flavored seeds and can grow up to 4-6 feet . These decorative fern-leaved plants can be started indoors or out and grown as an annual in colder parts of the country. Plant toward the edges or borders of vegetable gardens , it not a good companion when planted to closely with other vegetables, especially beans, tomato, dill, and carrots. 100 seeds
Perennial Zone 6/7-10
Germination: 7-14 days
Seed Planting Depth: 1/4"
Starting Indoors/Outdoors: Sowing outdoors is best, in the spring when soil temps reach 65 degrees. Sow a few seeds every 4-6" , thin to 12-18" apart. For a head start you can start indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost using peat,cow,or paper pots(grows a delicate taproot, successful transplanting may be difficult) Provide 65-70 degrees soil temperatures. Transplant to 12-18" apart. Reseeds easily.
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average to fertile ,well drained
Uses: Medicinal, culinary,ornamental, attracts bees and beneficials