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post Sep 6 2006, 12:09 PM
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Your melissa is pathetic and weedy.






His lemon balm is da bomb, though! chickawow.gif


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post May 6 2007, 01:47 PM
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I am trying to grow some Florence fennel. I bought some fennel that was labeled as Foeniculum Vulgare Azoricum. Underneath that phrase, however, it said "green leaf or bronze leaf." As the plant has grown, it has developed both purple and bronze colored fronds. I am guessing that what I got was the bronze fennel and not Florence fennel. While I was at a local nursery I noticed some fennel labeled "sweet fennel" that looks like the Florence fennel pictures I see online.

I have tried researching this, but I keep coming up with contradictory information online. If any of the resident plant experts could shed some light on this, it would be greatly appreciated.
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post May 6 2007, 08:10 PM
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I am having the same problem, anytime I buy something labelled as FF, it cracks up to be not (so say some people), if not so bad, either. I am growing one fennel right now and really do not give the slightest damn how Florence it is, it is sufficient that it does serve its purpose.
I have also started growing anise, both are doing just great, so I am wishin' anyone the same results abs-cheers.gif


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post May 6 2007, 08:35 PM
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I had some similar questions. My wormwood is growing great right now. It was a cutting of a much older plant that was sent to me about two years ago and is just now growing pretty good - good enough that it will look like the traditional wormwood that Ted uses.

My question: of all the people growing true Florence fennel, where exactly did you get it? And if there is a link you could provide, it would be VERY helpful.

All the other herbs seem pretty easy to find. I live in the US. A link please!
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post May 6 2007, 09:41 PM
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QUOTE(absinthist @ May 6 2007, 02:10 PM) *

I am having the same problem, anytime I buy something labelled as FF, it cracks up to be not (so say some people),


Correct. Every picture you have posted of your fennel seed at the WS is not Florence fennel. You can take that to the bank.

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My question: of all the people growing true Florence fennel, where exactly did you get it? And if there is a link you could provide, it would be VERY helpful.
A link please!


www.cascadeherbs.com


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post May 6 2007, 09:43 PM
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An excellent and dependable source!


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post May 6 2007, 09:45 PM
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QUOTE(Zman @ May 6 2007, 04:41 PM) *


www.cascadeherbs.com



Thank YOU very much!
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QUOTE(Fizzle @ May 6 2007, 07:47 AM) *

I am trying to grow some Florence fennel. I bought some fennel that was labeled as Foeniculum Vulgare Azoricum. Underneath that phrase, however, it said "green leaf or bronze leaf." As the plant has grown, it has developed both purple and bronze colored fronds. I am guessing that what I got was the bronze fennel and not Florence fennel. While I was at a local nursery I noticed some fennel labeled "sweet fennel" that looks like the Florence fennel pictures I see online.

I have tried researching this, but I keep coming up with contradictory information online. If any of the resident plant experts could shed some light on this, it would be greatly appreciated.


There is always much confusion as to the difference between fennel cultivars. If your fennel is growing up bronze or slightly copper coloured, it isn't Florence fennel. True Florence fennel will be green, very green, and will form a white bulb at the base. Many seed sellers and nurseries will sell Florence fennel and call it Sweet fennel, and vice-versa, but the two are of different cultivars. IMHO, Florence fennel makes the best seed for absinthe, but most commercial absinthe makers use sweet fennel seed or even common fennel seed.


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post May 6 2007, 10:21 PM
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I see florence fennel on the seed racks at Lowes and WallMart, I think it's from Ferry Morse co.
You only get a few seeds of generic florence fennel but it's conveniently available. Cascade on the other hand will be a better deal and a more reliable cultivar.


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post May 6 2007, 10:22 PM
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If you want to grow it for seed, you better plant a few acres.


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post May 7 2007, 04:02 PM
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Thank you for the information.

No need for acres, Prol. I am simply trying to further educate my palate and increase the enjoyment of my new backyard.
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post May 7 2007, 06:19 PM
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The bulb is pretty good sauted in butter and just a touch of garlic.


It does not grow well here. The bulbs in stores look much better.
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post May 8 2007, 03:04 PM
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post May 8 2007, 03:19 PM
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QUOTE(TommyGun @ May 8 2007, 08:04 AM) *
If ordering any of the wormwoods, hyssop or angelica seed, shipping is discounted when combined with an anise and/or fennel seed order.
I just can't imagine why they would pick that particular combination. wink.gif


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post May 8 2007, 04:48 PM
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Interesting, huh?
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