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gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 327
I tried to grow false fennel from seed this year. It was really disappointing. It ended up straggly and floppy and never grew much above 8 inches tall. I followed the instructions on the seed packet, from mr fothergills, germination was good, almost 100%. They were planted in beds and everything around them grew ok. 
I want to try again next year, any hints? 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    What's false fennel? 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 327
    Fairygirl said:
    What's false fennel? 
    Ridolfia segetum, its a Mediterranean native (weed i guess!) 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    Gaijin said:
    There's the problem. It's why the correct names are important for appropriate advice, because it isn't what the OP has. Herb fennel is Foeniculum vulgare, and the OP has something different  :)

    It may simply have been down to your cultivation of the seeds, when you planted out, and what aftercare they had @gjautos
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 327
    @Fairygirl. Possibly, i followed the instructions perfectly. They were in full sun in a south facing garden, Mediterranean plant, i can't really see how i went wrong. The seeds all germinated and looked healthy. Perhaps it was a water issue.😞
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    I expect they've struggled with not enough water. So many areas had excessive heat, and even with a sun loving plant, it's vital  they have enough, especially with other planting around them.

    It's different with seedlings which have self seeded into a spot, as they're completely acclimatised, as opposed to something we sow, germinate, and then cultivate in a pot, before planting out.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 327
    Thanks @Fairygirl . I'll try again next year. Fingers crossed!
  • tui34tui34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 1,986
    @gjautos Don't worry.  I sowed successively three lots of Florence Fennel 1. in March - no bulb but lots of leaves  2.  in June - small tough bulbs and hopefully third time lucky in August for early winter use.  Not all have come up this time but I have hilled what is left up.  So far so good.  
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    Weather/climactic conditions always have a bearing on what we do with seeds of any kind @gjautos . Good that you still have some seed for next year though  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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