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12/03/2014 at 20:51

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39440.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39441.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 Thank for your help

12/03/2014 at 20:57

It is fennel.

12/03/2014 at 20:58

looking close up at the joints, I would say it may be bamboo. Someone else here will tell you more

12/03/2014 at 20:59

The dead flowerheads suggest Fennel to me too.

12/03/2014 at 21:00

Sorry artjak, it's definitely fennel. Seed heads on top photo and new foliage growing at base of plant in the second photo confirm it.

12/03/2014 at 21:19

100% not bamboo, ah Fennel, perfect thanks for that, I thought both pictures would help  

12/03/2014 at 21:23

Oh one question, I looked on RHS Fennel and it said no pruning required, so am I not to cut down the old material down to the base so that new growth occurs???

12/03/2014 at 21:27

Cut the old stems down to the base. You can see already the new foliage coming through and the shoots will follow. You don't need to do anything else.

12/03/2014 at 21:52

Ok thanks Daintiness

12/03/2014 at 22:05

Fennel is easy to identify. crush a few leaves between your fingers and smell the aniseedy type smell.

12/03/2014 at 22:53

Paul, I think "no pruning required" means, it dies down of its own accord but you can just snap off the old stems. " no pruning required"

 

12/03/2014 at 23:05

You can cut the old stems down with secateurs, but at this time of year, the old stems will just snap off. Usually, heavy snow would have flattened it by now,

13/03/2014 at 06:58

Save the old stems to dry out and put on the BBQ when cooking fish - will give lovely aroma - or use them to make a bug box 

13/03/2014 at 07:11

I always grow a few fennel plants in an odd corner, they are the favourite food for swallow tail butterflies, you can see the caterpillars on them in late summer.

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