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Getting Started with Your Fennel Plants

Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds

There are two main methods for growing your fennel.

Plants may be divided, but this isn’t as easy as it is with other garden plants and often proves unsatisfactory—because fennel has a long tap root that doesn’t like to be divided or moved.

Planting fennel by seed is the much easier option. Seed can be sown as soon as the soil warms in the spring. Soaking your seeds for a day or two before sowing will ensure better germination. Keep the area moist until the seeds sprout and thin the fennel plants to 12 to 18 inches apart when they are 4 to 6 inches tall. Plants will begin flowering about 90 days after planting.

Have you successfully grown fennel from seed? Please share your experiences with us by commenting below.

    • Norann O.

      Brenda, I’m a huge fan of all things black licorice so fennel is a favorite plant for me. If you do decide to give it a try, let us know how it turns out. Happy Gardening my friend!


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