Place the plant in a sunny spot inside or plant outside in dry soil. Water the plant immediately after receiving it. The bronze fennel handles dry weather well. Give it extra water during dry periods. Ensure that excess water can drain properly.
The plant is grown organically. In other words, no chemical pesticides have been used to grow the plant. For a healthy garden!
|Latin name:||Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
Water your red-leafed fennel as soon as possible upon receipt. You then have a number of options of ways you can keep it. You can put it in a pot and keep it temporarily indoors and afterwards stand it outdoors in a decorative planter on the patio or decking or just keep it in the nursery pot. Or you can plant this perennial in the border or in a kitchen garden.
- Choose a warm, sheltered spot whether planted in the ground or left in a pot. Do first acclimatise your plants by standing them outdoors for one hour longer every day for five days.
- Pot up into a larger pot using fresh compost. Remove from nursery pot and plant at the correct depth. Fill the pot further and press well in.
- Plant directly into garden soil.
- Water immediately after planting.
Water full grown plants extra only during dry periods. Red-leafed fennel is drought tolerant. Ensure good drainage as this plant does not like to stand in the wet.
Herbs on patio or decking
This lovely decorative plant looks great in a planter on the patio or decking too. Red-leafed fennel really enjoys the sunniest of spots.
Here's a tip: stand your herb pots on the window-sill or near the kitchen door and you will always have fresh herbs close to hand when cooking.
Harvest right through the year.
Harvest leaves, buds and flowers. To harvest cut off red-leafed fennel per twig and just strip the leaves off. The thick stems are too tough to use but thin ones can be chopped up. When harvesting leave the centre of the plant intact and use a sharp knife or scissors to prevent pulling the plant up. Flowering does not alter the flavour of the leaves so do not be deterred - the flowers are also edible and can be used for garnishing drinks and desserts.
As long as new leaves and twigs form, you can continue harvesting from the same plant(s) right through the year.
You will enjoy the perennial red-leafed fennel year after year.
Red-leaved fennel is related to fennel, but is not a tuber it will not form the familiar fennel bulb.