The Q&A Archives: Florence Fennel: No Stalks to Eat

Question: I planted the seed of Florence Fennel I purchased from you last year. All I received was the fennel seed as a herb instead of the stalks of which I really wanted. What was the cause of this? Is there another seed I should purchas to obtain stalks to eat?

Answer: The European specialty-type bulbing fennels are grown specifically for their larger bulbs which can be eaten as a vegetable, where Florence Fennel is generally grown in herb gardens. Varieties to look for might include "Rudy" or "Zefa Fino", but in any case it should be described as a bulbing type. One source is Johnny's Selected Seeds ( or (207)437-4301. Enjoy!

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by Char and is called "'Diamond Head' Sunrise"