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In Italy, Florence Fennel or “finocchio” is grown for its large, round, compact, pure white bulb. University research on this crop compared a number of fennel varieties. This variety not only produced the largest bulbs, but they were nearly twice the size of the nearest competitor. Our trials confirm this with bulbs in excess of 1 lb in weight and nearly 1’ high. It is used raw or cooked in Italian cuisine for its sweet, anise-like flavor.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-75ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/8" deep
Sowing Indoors:4-6 weeks before 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. Distrubing 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 best germination.
How much does a packet sow:8-10 foot single row
Harvest: When base thickens and bulb is the size of a tennis ball. Cut leaves off 2” above bulb.
Tips: Plant in fertile, well drained soil. Amended with compost if needed. Keep well watered for best roots.