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Chervil, also known as Anthriscus cerefolium, is an annual herb that is a member of the parsley family. Chervil seeds are small, brown seeds that can be used to grow new chervil plants.

Chervil is known for its delicate, anise-like flavor, which makes it a popular ingredient in French cuisine. It is often used to flavor soups, sauces, and salads, and is sometimes used as a garnish. Chervil is also a good source of vitamin C and iron.

To grow chervil from seeds, here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Choose a location: Chervil prefers well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun. Choose a spot in your garden or a container that receives some shade during the day.

  2. Prepare the soil: Work some compost or well-rotted manure into the soil to improve its nutrient content and structure. Make sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged.

  3. Sow the seeds: Sow the chervil seeds about 1/4 inch deep in the soil, spacing them at least 6 inches apart. Water the soil well after planting.

  4. Water and fertilize: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season.

  5. Care for the plant: Chervil is a relatively low-maintenance plant, but it does require regular pruning to promote bushier growth and prevent it from bolting (producing flowers and going to seed). Harvest the leaves as needed, and keep the plant well-watered during dry spells.

Overall, growing chervil from seeds can be a fun and rewarding process, particularly if you enjoy French cuisine or are looking to add a flavorful and nutritious herb to your garden or kitchen. With proper care, you can enjoy the delicate and delicious flavor of chervil in your cooking throughout the growing season.

Herb Specifications

  • Season: Annual
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 8
  • Height: 8 - 16 inches
  • Bloom Season: Mid summer
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Environment: Partial shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, loamy soil, pH 6.1 - 7.5
  • Deer Resistant: No
  • Latin Name: Anthriscus Cerefolium

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 60 - 70F
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: Shallow, no more than 1/4 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 15 - 20 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 9 - 12 inches

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The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have and before beginning any herbal regimen.