Selma Fino

Quick Facts:

    • Superior strain of fennel
    • Bulbs reliably and does not bolt
    • Large, flat, white bulbs are a delicious treat
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 80 days

Selma Fino

Description:

The large, flat, white bulbs are a delicious treat. Selma Fino fennel seeds are a superior strain of Florence fennel that will bulb reliably and won't bolt from a spring sowing. Florence fennel is eaten as a vegetable in southern Europe, and Selma Fino fennel seeds are prized by growers everywhere. Try pairing the mild licorice flavour of fennel with citrus. Thinly slice one fennel bulb and mix it with some orange segments, orange juice, and sultanas for a refreshing summer salad.

Matures in 80 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
0.5g (approx. 131 seeds) HR1089A $3.69 Unavailable  
2g (approx. 524 seeds) HR1089B $6.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
10g (approx. 2620 seeds) HR1089C $19.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Superior strain of fennel
    • Bulbs reliably and does not bolt
    • Large, flat, white bulbs are a delicious treat
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 80 days

How To Grow

Also known as Finocchio. The wonderful fresh flavour of this easy-to-grow vegetable is prized in European cuisine. The swollen leaf bases have a distinctive anise flavour which enlivens salads and sandwiches. Cooked, the flavour stands out in casseroles or simply braised as a unique side dish. The seeds and fronds are also tasty, and beneficial insects love the flower heads. Fennel (as well as anise, star anise, and some other plants), contains the compound anethole, which is widely used as a liquorice flavouring. Anethole is thought to be 13 times sweeter than sugar. Continue reading below to learn how to grow fennel from seed.

Latin
Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce
Family: Apiaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full-sun

Timing
Start indoors 4 weeks before the last frost date in individual peat or coir pots. Fennel dislikes root disturbance. Transplant (or direct sow rows) 4 weeks after last frost in succession to mid-summer. Ideal temperature for germination: 15-21°C (60-70°F). Seeds should sprout in 10-14 days.

Starting
Sow seeds 1cm (1/2”) deep, a few seeds where each plant is to grow. Thin or space to 20-30cm (8-12”) in rows 45cm (18”) apart.

Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.

Growing
Ideal pH: 5.5-7.0. Rich, well-drained soil produces the best bulbs. Transplant when seedlings are 5cm (2″) tall. If raising transplants, do not disturb the roots, as this may cause plants to bolt. Keep well watered to ensure succulent bulbs and prevent bolting.

Harvest
Use a knife to slice the bulb from the root when it has thickened to 5cm (2″) or more across. If this is done carefully, smaller bulbs will sprout from the root later.

Seed Info
In optimal conditions 80% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 2 years. Per 100′ row: 240 seeds, per acre: 53M seeds.

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