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Bulb fennel has bolted/gone to seed

My fennel has bolted and gone to seed thanks to the wonderful mix of weather we have been having. If I cut back the flowers will the bulbs fatten up or is it a lost cause. My first time growing them. CalKen, Portmarnock, Co Dublin Posted: 09/09/2009

 

Bulb fennel or florence fennel can be tricky and hates stop-start conditions. Cutting the flower off will not work as the plant has gone into a reproductive phase.  

 More on this:  http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=1018

 

growing fennel

Can you recommend a variety of Florence fennel that will form proper bulbs instead of long thin leaf bases? Pat4_Dublin, , Co Dublin Posted: 22/07/2009

 

Even the supposedly bolt-resistant varieties are very difficult to get to make bulbs.

A lot depends on the weather and the conditions in an individual garden.

Grow them as evenly as possible, no shocks, close attention to watering ... but if see-saw weather comes, it bolts.  

 

 

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