FLORENCE FENNEL DI FIRENZE ~ this traditional Italian variety quickly grows mild crisp white bulbs 25 seeds
SOW: wait until June or July. You can use modules to it easier to plant out without disturbing roots then there is no need to this or sow in a damp drill where they are to grow. Seeds need to be 10-15mm deep.
GROW: transplant at 4/5 leaf stage. Plants need to be 20cm apart. Keep the plants growing smoothly by watering & feeding well & mulch if possible. It is traditional (not essential) to earth up when the bulb starts to swell. Cut at least 2.5cm above ground and leave roots to resprout – these small tasty shoots are delicious in salads but will need cloches as the weather cools.
EAT: from late august to October. Remove the outer leaves then steam, grill or boil. Use as a mini vegetable if harvested early; the leaves are delicious in salads.