GB CULTURAL INFO: Annual/Spacing 12"
DAYS TO MAT: 75-80
SEEDS PER PACKET: 80
SOURCE CODE: O
APPROX GERM DAYS: 7-14
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8 - 1/4"
WHEN TO PLANT: Mid-Spring to Summer
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Root disturbance will cause bolting, so direct-sow or use pots unless you want seed rather than bulb. Increasing day length also causes bolting, so for bulbs, plant in Summer or late-Spring. Early spring is fine or plants grown for seed, leaf, or ornament. Likewise, to promote bulbing, assure even, steady moisture and high fertility. Mulching with compost will help with both. Harvest bulbs when large and heavy, before seed heads form.
BOTANICAL NAME: Solanum melongena
DESCRIPTION: Grown for the large white stem base or bulb which is considered a gourmet item. Easy-to-grow source of fennel leaf and seed for salad mixes, pasta sauces, meat and fish dishes or herbal teas. Beautiful in the garden, and a great attractor of butterflies and pest-eating beneficial insects, this fennel can be planted anytime from early Spring to early Fall. Similar to celery but has an anise flavor that decreases with cooking. It is grated onto salads or braised as a vegetable. The chopped leaves can be used to flavor salads, stews and vegetables. Do not grow near Dill. Stands temps to 15 degrees F. Sow directly in garden to avoid disturbing root. Needs sun, water and fertile soil but easier than celery. Medicinal.
Planting in the Fall results in the best and juciest bulbs.