Vegetables and Fruit forum: Bronze fennel?

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 6, 2010 6:25 PM CST
Does bronze fennel reseed a lot? I have a terrible problem with volunteers of so many plants. No matter how hard I try to deadhead, any seed that drops to the ground sprouts in my yard. I can handle a volunteer or two, but I'm trying not to plant anything that's notorious for reseeding heavily.

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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Apr 7, 2010 3:44 PM CST
I've never had a big problem--it seems some years, it hardly comes back at all (just a few years ago, neither my next door neighbor or I had a single plant reseed between the two of us). Probably depends upon location--mine does not get full sun, so perhaps is not quite as aggressive there.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 7, 2010 3:48 PM CST
Thanks, Linda. Maybe I'll just sow a few seeds in a milk jug and hope for the best. I'd like to try them both for the look and for the beneficial insects that they're supposed to bring.

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Name: Memory Russell
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AYankeeCat
Jul 19, 2011 7:17 AM CST
YES! Bronze fennel reseeds itself ALL OVER MY YARD! I pull the baby plants and put them in my salad. It is host to the catterpillar of the swallowtail butterfly.
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finerliners
Jul 24, 2011 12:29 PM CST
Thought you all might enjoy this photo of bronze fennell loaded with cats!!

Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Jul 25, 2011 1:17 PM CST
Sweet! I stopped at a little local nursery earlier this summer, and she was showing us what all was available... there were a bunch of potted milkweeds & dill that had been pretty well nibbled down to the nubs by caterpillars. She made a loyal customer of me by saying, ".. but that's fine. they turn into butterflies, so they can eat what they want."
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dahlianut
Aug 3, 2011 9:16 AM CST
So far bronze fennel doesn't self sow in my garden but I'm an eternal optimist Smiling
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kqcrna
Aug 3, 2011 9:21 AM CST
I chickened out and didn't plant them this year. I still have the seeds, maybe I'll try a few next year.

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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Aug 3, 2011 9:35 AM CST
Oh, but the smell is wonderful.
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dahlianut
Aug 3, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Stinky, prettiful colour and tasty too. Top 10 worthy IMPO Thumbs up
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AYankeeCat
Aug 3, 2011 10:45 AM CST
I put the smallest fronds in my salads.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 3, 2011 11:39 AM CST
My Bronze Fennel isn't doing well in this heat and drought. And it has never made seeds.
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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Aug 3, 2011 11:52 AM CST
If mine makes seeds, do you want some???? I'm sure it will...
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Aug 3, 2011 7:14 PM CST
My bronze fennel rarely, if ever, makes seeds. I end up replanting most years. But, it is so pretty, I just can't resist growing it.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Aug 3, 2011 8:22 PM CST
Thanks, Charleen! But until the drought ends, I don't even want to THINK about planting seeds.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Aug 4, 2011 7:06 AM CST
Nothing will grow without water. So Sad!!
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dahlianut
Aug 4, 2011 7:12 AM CST
Turning my giant fan to blow misty mountain rain clouds to TX Group hug
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Aug 4, 2011 10:50 AM CST
People here are so desparate that they talk about wanting a hurricane to hit the coast...now, that's bad, but you just can't help it! People are doing rain dances or...of course, praying a lot!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Aug 4, 2011 11:10 AM CST
It must be awful, Linda. Tx is always on the news and weather now, for both the heat and drought.

Karen

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