Organic Fennel Seed: Home Growing Instructions

How to grow 1 standard seed tray (33cm x 22cm) of Fennel microgreens:

  1. Soak about 100g of the fennel seeds in warm water (40ºC initially) for approximately 12-18 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain off the water.
  3. Fill your seed tray approximately half full of compost. Sprinkle the soaked seed on top of the compost and spread evenly.
  4. Water, using a can with a rose.
  5. Keep at room temperature for 3 days, watering twice a day keeping the compost moist, as it is important to keep the seeds moist during germination, but do not over water.
  6. After the fourth day, once the seeds have germinated, ensure the tray is in a light place, the brighter the better.
  7. You can slow or speed the growth of the fennel greens by manipulating the temperature. Fresh air and sunshine is what it likes best, but for most of the year in the UK you will need to keep it indoors on or near a windowsill. In hot weather it is better to protect the plants from direct sunshine.
  8. Continue to water, up to twice a day if necessary. Do not let the shoots stand in water. Just keep the compost moist.
  9. After 10-14 days, the fennel microgreens will have formed the first pair of leaves and be ready to use
  10. To harvest cut a small bundle of the greens with a sharp knife or scissors above compost surface. Rinse well before use, sprinkle on salads or use in sandwiches and enjoy.
  11. If a whole tray is too much to grow in one go adjust quantities proportionally, e.g. one of our punnets is 1/6 of one of our trays so you would need approximately 1/6 of 100g which is 17g of seed.

We sell organic Fennel seed and other organically grown grains and seeds that you may like to try growing at home.