Fennel in appearance resembles dill, and smells like anise. It is highly valued as a medicinal plant. Fennel stimulates appetite, improves digestion.
Fennel is a light-loving, relatively moisture-loving plant. Fennel seeds are sown early in spring or autumn to a depth of 2-4 cm with row spacing of 45 cm. When sown in autumn, they are covered for the winter with humus or manure from freezing.
In spring, seeds germinate slowly over 14-20 days. With an annual crop, fennel is best planted in seedlings after the danger of frost has passed. Seedlings to be 30-35 days old.
4-5 days after emergence, the aisles are loosened to a depth of 5-6 cm. Simultaneously with weeding, they are thinned out, leaving the plant at a distance of 15-20 cm from one another.
In the sprout phase, the fennel is lightly spudded. Fennel leaves can be harvested for greens when they grow up to 20 cm, before flowering - then they are especially tender and fragrant.
1,0 g = 150 seeds.
Eng.: Garden fennel. Suom.: Salaattifenkolii. Sven.: Sötfänkål (Knölfänkål).