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Why is my fennel wilting?
Your fennel plants may turn yellow or wilt due to downy and powdery mildew. Leave enough space between fennel plants, plant in a sunny position, and avoid overwatering and fertilizer to help prevent certain types of mildew.
Does fennel need to be staked?
Care: Common fennel can grow 4 to 5 feet tall and may require staking or supports, especially if it is growing in a windy spot.
How much water do fennel plants need?
Water regularly, giving plants at least an inch of water per week (more in hot weather). Stick your finger into the soil to check moisture; if the top inch is dry, it's time to water.
How do I know when fennel is ready to harvest?
Fennel is ready to harvest after approximately 90 days. Fennel leaves can be harvested as soon as the plant is well established. Only take a few leaves at a time to not cause harm to the plant. The bulb is ready for harvest once it reaches the size of a tennis ball.
How long do fennel plants live?
The herb fennel is a short-lived perennial, so will come back each year. However, the plants will only last 3-4 years before you need to replace them. Fennel bulbs are harvested in their entirety for culinary use, so are grown as annuals.
Can you grow fennel in pots?
Can you grow fennel in pots? Yes, as long as the pots are big enough. For one thing, fennel produces a long taproot that needs plenty of depth. For another thing, you grow extra tender fennel bulbs by “earthing up.” This means that as the bulbs get bigger, you pile more soil around them to protect them from the sun.
Does fennel grow in shade?
Fennel likes to grow in full sunlight but can grow in up to three quarters shade, which is where this plant really comes in handy. Fennels ideal conditions are in a rich, moist but well-draining soil although fennel is tough and will cope with almost any conditions.