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Does one fennel plant produce a bulb year after year

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I just bought a few small fennel plants, and am just wondering if I will only get one bulb once per plant, or do they grow a bulb each year without me having to do anything to them? Sorry about the question....beginner gardener here!



First of all, it's not a good idea to buy plants or grow them in modules, as they hate any root disturbance, and when planted out may go straight to seed instead of producing a decent bulb. (You can always use the foliage and seed though as flavouring).
Get seed and sow it directly. (About this time of year, and not before the end of May) It takes a little while to come up but should go on to produce a good bulb. Keep it reasonably well watered. The best bulbs I've ever had came from self-seeding plants. The plants are biennial so produce the bulb and then the seed later. If you harvest the bulb of course you don't get any seed, so leave at least one in place to self-seed or from which to collect the seed for future crops.

24 Jun, 2009


Are they bulb fennel or the normal herb fennel?!

25 Jun, 2009


Erm....its the bronze fennel, and on the plant label it says the bulb can be I guess its bulb fennel....seems logical I suppose.
I did mention that I am a novice didn't I? :o)

26 Jun, 2009


I never knew of a bronze bulb fennel! live and learn. If it says bulb then it must be!

27 Jun, 2009

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