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Chervil  Seedlings -  from Organic Certified Seeds

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) is a delicate and aromatic herb that belongs to the parsley family (Apiaceae). Here are some key characteristics and growing guidelines for chervil:


  • Appearance: Chervil has feathery, fern-like leaves with a mild, anise-like flavor.
  • Height: It typically grows to a height of about 12 to 24 inches.
  • Flowers: Chervil produces small white flowers in umbels, similar to those of other Apiaceae family members.

Growing Methods:

  • Soil: Chervil prefers well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (6.0-7.0).
  • Sowing: Seeds can be sown directly in the garden or started indoors and transplanted. Sow the seeds shallowly, as they require light for germination.
  • Spacing: Space the seeds or seedlings about 6 to 8 inches apart.

Ideal Temperatures and Climate:

  • Temperature: Chervil prefers cool temperatures and thrives in the range of 50 to 70°F (10 to 21°C).
  • Climate: It is well-suited for cool-season growth and may struggle in hot weather. Chervil is often grown as an annual but can behave as a biennial in some climates.

Harvesting Period:

  • Timing: Chervil leaves can be harvested when the plant is about 6 inches tall.
  • Frequency: Harvest regularly to encourage new growth, and be sure to pick the leaves before the plant flowers for the best flavor.
  • Harvesting Method: Snip the leaves with scissors or pinch them off at the stem.

Watering Preferences:

  • Moisture: Chervil prefers consistently moist soil but not waterlogged.
  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods, and provide enough moisture to keep the soil consistently damp.

Light Preferences:

  • Sunlight: Chervil prefers partial shade to full shade, especially in warmer climates. It can tolerate some morning sunlight but benefits from protection during the hottest parts of the day.

In summary, chervil is a cool-season herb that requires well-draining soil, regular watering, and partial shade. It is best harvested before flowering for optimal flavor. Keep in mind its sensitivity to heat, making it an excellent choice for early spring and fall cultivation in many regions.

Chervil Seedlings - from Organic Certified Seeds

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