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How to grow fennel or Nigella Sativa (for black onion seed)
 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Fennel in the northern hemisphere
Nigella Sativa - What is it?

Used in cooking all over the world the Black onion seed is from a plant you may already know as fennel.

Its Latin Name is Nigella Sativa and it is cultivated from Africa to Asia. Much priced for its seed (black Onion Seed).

It has a distinct smell of aniseed and can be sometimes found wild on walks).

It can be grown outside in the Northern Hemisphere.

Seed planting of Fennel

Sow spring or early autumn in situ. The autumn sowing might not be successful in harsh winters.

Plants can be transplanted if necessary.

Soil for Fennel -

Easily grown in any good garden soil, preferring a sunny position. Prefers a light soil in a warm position.

For best results keep the soil light and well drained I have seen fennel growing out of walls.

Problems growing Fennel-

A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes.

Black Onion Seed

Nigella sativa (English Fennel) is an annual flowering plant, native to southwest Asia.

It grows to 20–30 cm (7.9–12 in) tall, with finely divided, linear (but not thread-like) leaves.

The flowers are delicate, and usually coloured pale blue and white, with 5–10 petals.

The fruit is a large and inflated capsule composed of 3–7 united follicles, each containing numerous seeds.

The seed is used as a spice.   

To Grow Fennel or Nigella Sativa in the Northern hemisphere
Experiment and enjoy!


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