Hard Fennel bulbs?

i grew fennel last year, it looked great but when I dug it up the bulbs were so hard and fibrous I couldn't eat it.

I didn't think I let it grow too large. 3-4 inches wide.

Any ideas anyone? 

Last edited: 26 February 2017 08:39:32


  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,626

    Are you sure it was florence fennel as opposed to the herb fennel? Did you grow it from seed?

    Most likely is not enough water.

    Or am I falling?
  • Ah maybe that's what was the problem? I will check my seed packet. It had plenty of water as I have an automatic sprinkler so I don't think that was the problem.

    Thank you for your response, much appreciated :-)

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