Friday, June 5, 2009

Growing Fennel - Part 2

I realize that I did not talk about how to actually grow Fennel in my last post, as I was preoccupied with the garden invader(s). You may know fennel as Anise.

So, here are some facts about growing fennel:

  • Fennel likes rich soil and full sun
  • Needs plenty of water, especially during dry periods
  • Plant seeds in early spring, 8” apart, then thin to 12” apart
  • Seeds can also be sown in early autumn – if in very cold climate (zone 6) cover with mulch
  • Cover base of fennel with soil when it grows to the size of a golf ball and keep covered until ready to harvest
  • Remove flower heads as they appear
  • After about 2 weeks, the bulb(s) will be large enough to eat

Source: “What Herb is That?” by John and Rosemary Hamphill
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Below is a video about planting fennel.


  1. Thank you for the information. This is helpful, especially like the video.


  2. You're welcome. Thanks for visiting.

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  4. I planted fennel a few years ago and it's still popping along despite the brutal heat and a few irrigation problems I've had here in Arizona. What I was wondering is how long does it live and can I still use the bulbs to eat? It's been a few years since I harvested any bulbs for use in recipes.

  5. If you've planted the herb Fennel, then it is a perennial and can be eaten as needed. The vegetable, Fennel, however, is an annual so I suppose yours must have reseeded. I don't see why you could not eat the bulbs, provided they look healthy.


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