A diverse blend of bulbing fennels that we let go to seed every year. We use this for our fresh production field to attract pollinators and butterflies like the swallowtail.
These seeds can be used for fresh fennel but selected from large 5 way cross of sourced Italian varieties. They will produce deeply flavored, highly prized seeds and pollen. Required a hard frost to kill the plant.
Grown at Invincible Summer Farms, Southold, NY
Bulbing Fennel (Florence Fennel)
Packet sows 10 ft row (150 seeds)
Plant fennel seed a few seeds per inch in early May. The seeds should be covered by 1/4 inch of soil. Transplant the seedlings when they are 2-3 inches tall to stand 6-8 inches apart.
Florence fennel prefers cool growing conditions. A quality fall crop can be sown from seed in mid summer to harvest late in the season.
The bulbous base (called an apple) can be hilled with soil a week or two before harvest as a blanching strategy.
All parts of Florence Fennel are edible. Fennel is a biennial and will winter over well and produce a seed crop the next year. If sown early enough fennel may behave as an annual.