Non-bulbing, authentic Italian variety known for intense flavor of its greens, used as an herb. Very decorative lacy foliage, great for seafood and roasts. This is an Italian heirloom, difficult to find here, a must for authentic Mediterranean cooking.
Start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost, planting them in peat pots 1/4" deep; keep the temperature around 65-75 degrees F for best germination. Fennel can also be direct sown as soon as the soil temperature reaches 65 degrees F. Space the seedlings or seeds about 12" apart in fertile, well drained soil and full sun. Fennel must be planted away from other garden plants, since it tends to have a negative effect on their growth.