Bulb fennel

A friend has asked for the best variety.  I've never grown it so wondered whether anyone could recommend ?
Thanks

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 18,205
    edited 4 December
    Florence fennel.   Needs a fairly rich soil and plenty of moisture but not as thirsty as celery.

    I used to buy it as un-named plug plants in Belgium and it always did well.  Fabulaous flavour compared to shops and juicier too.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks Obelixx - yes, I should have said Florence fennel - presume there isn't a particular variety then ?  Always difficult asking on behalf of someone else when I don't have any experience of the plant in question.
    I only grow the leafy type.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 18,205
    There may well be but I'm not convinced it makes a difference.   I took to growing the anonymous plugs because I was then one step ahead of slugs eating seedlings and OH hoeing them before they had a chance to grow!
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks again Obelixx - I'll pass that on and then it's up to my friend to enquire further if she feels it necessary.
  • Rik56Rik56 WiganPosts: 83
    I tried Florence Fennel last year for the first time with mixed results. I planted late in the season so that may be why. I got lots of healthy greenery but the bulbs didn't get overly big - barely big enough to use really.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 18,205
    It's always grown very well for me - warmth and moisture and good soil - but I could never get new plugs from the garden shops after early July so it was nearly always planted out from mid May to mid July. 
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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