Florence Fennel Zefa Fino is a quick maturing fennel that produces very uniform bulbs of excellent quality. The bulbs are white of medium to large size and slightly flattened round shape.
They have a lovely aniseed flavour, and the foliage can also be used as a garnish (harvest a few fronds whilst the bulbs are growing to add flavour to salads & dressings). They also look stunning in the veg patch with their white bulbs and feathery green stems and leave a couple to flower as the insects love them.
It is easy to grow and is virtually pest & disease free and is resistant to bolting and matures quickly 70-80 days from sowing. Take care when using fennel as its flavour can be overpowering, but complements fish dishes really well or can be served raw in salads for an aniseed hit.
Fennel bulbs can also harvested as baby-veg and is a useful catch crop that fits into any bed on your crop rotation plan.
Florence Fennel Zefa Fino Vegetable Seed Information
||Approx 125 seeds per pack.
Sunny/well-drained soil, moisture retentive soil.
|When to Sow:
|How to Sow:
Sow direct late April to July in a drill 1cm deep and rows 40-45cm apart. Thin seedlings to 10-15cm apart (for baby veg) or 20-25cm apart for larger heads. Can also be station sown with a pinch of seeds 1cm deep every 20-25cm and thin out weakest seedlings. For a continuous supply sow every 2 weeks. Fennel resents root disturbance and although it can be sown undercover from April to July in modules, it must be transplanted before 2 pairs of leaves have formed (before the bulb has started to grow) and planted out after last frosts as cold & also drought will cause it to bolt. It is easier to direct sow.
Mound up the soil around the bulb as it grows until the bulb is mature from mid-summer to mid-autumn. Keep watered but not too much.
||July to September when the bulb is about 7-10cm across. Cut stems just above the base and it may send up some smaller bulbs as a second crop.
When to Sow Florence Fennel Zefa Fino Vegetable Seeds
RHS Award of Garden Merit
||Florence Fennel Zefa Fino Vegetable Seeds have been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM). This award indicates that the plant is recommended by the RHS and helps gardeners make informed choices about plants. [READ MORE]
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