Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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Organic Florence Fennel
Organic Fennel Finocchio Romanesco or "Florence Fennel"
Unlike common fennel, which is prized for its feathery leaves, Florence Fennel forms a small 3-4" bulb at the base of the plant that is harvested and eaten like a vegetable if harvested early.
The plant itself only grows 2-3 ft tall, which makes it an ideal candidate for smaller gardens.
Excellent fennel soup (see pic).
The yellow flowers of fennel are extremely attractive to all nectar-feeding beneficial insects. Ladybugs, lacewings, and syrphid flies will often be found hovering around the flowers or laying their eggs in the foliage. If you see large, black & green caterpillars on your fennel, don't be alarmed. Fennel is also a host plant for swallow butterfly caterpillars.