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Name: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
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gardenglory
Mar 10, 2017 2:43 PM CST
I just got some bronze fennel. I was wondering this about the regular fennel and rue, as well. Do you keep in pots, or do you plant in ground.
Any growing tips welcome as well. The rue is a tough customer.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 10, 2017 6:43 PM CST
I keep my bronze fennel in a pot because it likes to be by itself. I forget what I read about not liking to be grown around other plants... maybe it's the other plants that don't like it. Hilarious! Either way, I've had the same plant for years in a pot and it seems happy.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Mar 10, 2017 6:49 PM CST
I grow my Rue in the ground, part shade. Depending on the winter, sometimes I lose a few. This year they seem to be coming back just fine. At MOSI, they have some planted in full sun and they seem to do just fine with that, too. I should probably trim them to make them bush out, but I'm bad about that sort of thing.
central Arkansas - zone 8a/7b (Zone 7b)
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Myles
Mar 15, 2017 7:24 AM CST
These plants seem to be pretty hardy in my area.

I grow Bronze Fennel in ground in part shade and in a huge pot in full sun and both plantings do well. I didn't know it liked to be grown alone so need to keep an eye on nearby plants. I don't even remember dropping seed into the big pot but one spring, there it was, happily putting forth that wonderfully scented foliage. The pot sits next to the entrance to my small greenhouse and when I walk past and brush against the sun warmed fennel, it smells so amazing. This pot was originally planted with common milkweed, which continues to put up growth each spring.

My Rue is grown in both dappled shade and full sun and does well in both locations. I also grow it in dappled sunlight in pots. When the BST and GST begin to leave eggs, it's rather like milkweed and the Monarchs, you can't have too much! Sighing!

Thumbs up Myles

.... gardening primarily for the butterflies and pollinators
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Mar 15, 2017 8:47 AM CST
Will swallowtails not use regular fennel? Also, since bronze fennel has a long tap root, I would guess growing in a pot would bean issue at some point. I wanted to try in a pot. Thoughts?
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Mar 15, 2017 8:51 AM CST
They will use regular fennel, but I've heard many gardeners say the butterflies show a preference for the bronze. Never grown it myself.

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