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Chervil, Curled

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Finely cut leaves for subtle seasoning.

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Great addition to soups, fish, vegetables, cheese dishes and herb butter. Start first indoors or outdoors after danger of frost.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

120 days

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

20 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 4-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow seeds 1/8 inches deep in seed-starting formula.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-28 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
  • Transplant carefully as plants develop tap roots.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in average soil in full sun to light shade 2-3 weeks before the last frost date, after danger of heavy frost. In frost-free areas, sow from fall to early spring. In very warm areas plants may benefit from afternoon shade.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds evenly and cover with 1/8 inches of fine soil.
  • Firm the soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 14-28 days.
  • Thin to 10 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For herbs, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Pinch plants and deadhead to encourage better growth.
  • Chervil will produce more foliage in cooler weather.
  • Plants develop a tap root and do not like to be disturbed.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Fresh chervil leaves are prized for their anise flavor and are a common ingredient in many fine herb mixtures. Add young leaves to fish, poultry, salads, omelets and sauces.
  • Harvest as needed throughout the season.
  • To dry, cut a bunch of stems on a sunny morning, tie them loosely and hang them in a dry, airy location out of the sun. Or, dry herbs in the oven for 2-3 hours on a cookie sheet at the lowest heat, leaving the over door open. Or, use a dehydrator following the manufacturer’s instructions. When thoroughly dry, store herbs in a tightly sealed glass jar in a dry, dark location, such as a cupboard.
  • Chervil may also be drained, dried and chopped and frozen, or frozen in water in ice cubes.
  • You can also mix chervil with butter, then refrigerate or freeze.
  • Chervil may also be preserved in a white wine vinegar.
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Days To Maturity
120 days
Life Cycle
Annual
Height
20 inches
Spread
10-12 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Thin
10 inches
Chervil, Curled is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chervil: Persnickety, attractive and delicious. I grew this pretty herb for the first time last summer. It did very well in a pot in a semi-shaded area. I had tried it directly in the garden in several different locations but it was either eaten by slugs or turned color from too much sun. Once I determined its requirements it did very nicely. It was ornamental as well as a versatile kitchen herb. I enjoyed it so much I tried it inside in the fall on a sunny window sill where it also did well. The only draw back I found is the plants seem to be a bit short lived so you do have to keep planting every few weeks to keep your supply going.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Like a weed The chervil grew like a weed, vinelike and aggressive. Had to continually cut it back, but it still kept growing. Won't use it again.
Date published: 2006-08-03
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