A new twist on an old favorite—this compact fennel will no longer shade out your herb garden, yet allows for the same rich, distinctive flavor. Very uniform and resistant to tip burn, these high-quality, smooth bulbs are best for spring and autumn crops.
Sow after danger of heavy frost has passed, in average soil in a sunny area. In frost-free areas, Sow from fall to early spring. Sow thinly and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
How to Grow
When seedlings reach 1-2", thin to stand 10" apart. As a perennial, sweet fennel is short-lived, but it will reseed abundantly.
Enjoy the young leaves as a garnish and flavoring for soups, salads, and fish. Bulbous stems can be roasted, grilled or served raw. Use the tasty seeds crushed or whole in sausage and other meats, as well as to make a refreshing tea with a warm, sweet anise flavor. Fennel's lacy texture makes it a valuable garden plant and it is also a favorite of the butterfly, Black Swallowtail, caterpillars.