Classic Italian heirloom, quick to grow and exceptionally tasty
This is the Anise-flavored vegetable that Italians love. Large 1 to 2 lb bulbs are delicious in soups, sauteed, baked and raw in salads. This Italian cultivar is fairly early to grow. The authentic "Finocchio" for growers of quality.Apiaceae Foeniculum vulgare
Florence Fennel has a rounded bulbous base and feathery dark green tops. It is sometimes also known by its Italian name Finocchio.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 67-80 (Spring/Summer), 70-85 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Finocchio is hardy and prefers cooler temperatures.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Fennel needs rich soil and cool growing temperatures. Keep plants well-watered throughtout the growing season.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Bulb Fennel is a cool weather plant. It can grow in the heat but tastes best if it matures in the cool weather of fall.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool)
Fennel likes full sun and can tolerate hotter and drier conditions than most crops. However it grows and tastes better if it matures in cool weather, hence it is most often grown as a fall crop.
The soil should be kept evenly moist for rapid growth, but be careful because Finocchio doesn't like wet soil. A mulch will help to conserve moisture in warm weather.
Fennel is a fairly light feeder and doesn't need very rich soil.
- Tolerates light frost
- Small Gardens?
Finocchio is a good option for container growing. Choose containers that are at least 10" deep, as it's roots grow long and deep. Make sure your pot has drainage holes. Line the bottom with gravel and cover with potting soil. Water evenly to moisten the soil and place in an area with full sunlight. Keep the soil moist but not soaked, making sure that the soil does not dry out.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Pale green
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Sweet with a classic anise flavor.