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What went wrong?

My first attempt to grow fennel seemed successful as it grew to 4/5 feet tall with beautiful green tops but when I harvested it I found a long hard root below the ground ( almost like a parsnip) instead of a succulent fennel bulb. What went wrong?
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,839
    It sounds as if you sowed herb fennel rather than
    Florence Fennel, which is the vegetable type. 

    Either that or your plant suffered from drought. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 29,067
    Ladies  , where are you manners?
    Hi @slh1,and welcome to the Forum.
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,291
    Hostafan1 said:
    Ladies  , where are you manners?
    Hi @slh1,and welcome to the Forum.
    But we're not laydeees..... :D

    I think @Dovefromabove is correct @slh1 :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,839
    Mea culpa ... my apologies 
    @slh1 ... I should have said Welcome .., I didn’t realise it was your first post. 
    I hope you enjoy being a member of this friendly forum 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • slh1slh1 Posts: 3
    Thank you all for such prompt and correct answers. I have indeed planted herb fennel instead of Florence fennel. I now have a whole row of the wrong thing.  I live and learn but that’s what gardening is all about I believe 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 29,067
    slh1 said:
    Thank you all for such prompt and correct answers. I have indeed planted herb fennel instead of Florence fennel. I now have a whole row of the wrong thing.  I live and learn but that’s what gardening is all about I believe 
    Indeed so, we never stop learning from our mistakes. 
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,291
    I certainly don't @Hostafan1.
    Not just in gardening either.... ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,839
    I love using herb fennel in the flower borders to give height without ‘weight’. 
    I’ve also planted a row of bronze herb fennel as a screen between the end of the veg patch and a quiet corner where I like to sit and read. It’s a great plant if used imaginatively. Love it. 😊 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Hostafan1 said:
    slh1 said:
    Thank you all for such prompt and correct answers. I have indeed planted herb fennel instead of Florence fennel. I now have a whole row of the wrong thing.  I live and learn but that’s what gardening is all about I believe 
    Indeed so, we never stop learning from our mistakes. 
    A late friend of mine was fond of saying:  "We learn from our mistakes, so let's make as many as we can!"
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,523
    Hostafan1 said:
    Ladies  , where are you manners?

    It's Friday - manners aren't applicable on Fridays - new forum rule :D  
    Apologies SLH1 :)
    Typical that I find this out just as it rolls over to Saturday :s
    Unlike the brain, the stomach warns you when it's empty.
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