Steps and Tips in Growing Fennel

Growing fennel in your garden is a not-so-cumbersome task because it is commonly problem free. It takes several months to grow fennel. The herb and bulb of the fennel is usually used in fish recipes to add flavor and to garnish as well.

First thing to keep in mind in growing fennel is that it is genetically tall. One must choose the best location in his home to avoid problems later on. It would be advisable to place the plant at the back of the house rather than in front. Considering also that the plant is perennial, it is best to put it in an area where it can permanently stay because it grows back every now and then. Fennel naturally hinders other plants nearby from growing. Thus, it must be placed in an isolated area if possible.  

In growing fennel, the seed is initially kept in a pot or tray that is drained properly. The seed is covered with soil that has a pH ranging from 5.5 to 6.5. For acidic soil, adding lime or dolomite can help neutralize the pH level. Adding compost and manure is also recommended for a healthy growing fennel. Regular watering while keeping the pot in a warm and dry place helps the seed grow healthier. 

When the seed is large enough to be handled, it can now be transferred to its permanent location. Transplant the seed when the winter season has already ended because growing fennel needs a warm ground. Autumn and spring are best seasons to grow it. Also, remember that fennels must not be kept too close with each other to prevent them from stopping the other’s growth. Placing them about 20 inches apart is fair enough. Remove all the perennial weeds around the area and dig two inches down deep into the soil. However, if you are growing fennel for its bulb, you can dig deeper to help the fennel in developing strong roots.  

When the seedlings are already big enough to be moved, you can carefully pull out the weakest plants and let the strongest ones grow. The weak plants can be replanted to other locations. Just make sure not to damage the roots when transplanting them. 

While the plant is still young, make sure to water them regularly but not excessively. In addition, when it is located in a windy spot in your garden, a support can be of use to protect the growing fennel.

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