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​How to Grow ​​​​Chervil

​Chervil likes to grow in a cool season, and it actually thrives in partial shade. Direct-sow chervil seeds in spring or late summer. Harvest the flowers just before they open, and make the most of the foliage before flowering begins. If allowed to flower and go to seed, it may self sow.


GROWING GUIDE

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Growing Notes

  • Chervil is considered a cool-season crop, thanks to its preference for light shade and moist soil, but it can be grown and harvested from early spring through late summer depending on your location. If you live in a frost-free zone, chervil can even be planted in early to late fall.
  • Fresh chervil leaves are prized for their anise flavor and are a common ingredient in many fine herb mixtures. Add young leaves to fish, poultry, salads, omelets, and sauces.
  • Harvest as required throughout the season.

SEEDS

START

Direct

GERMINATION

10-14 days 

SEED LIFE

2 years

PLANTING

SOIL

Keep the soil moist at 70 °F

SUNLIGHT

Plenty of sun or partial shade

SEEDS

6" apart

SEEDLINGS

when plants are 3 - 4" tall, thin plants 8 - 12" apart

DAYS OF HARVEST

30-40 days

Maintaining

Chervil is a cinch to harvest by pinching or cutting the stems. When grown densely, it rarely needs washing, but if your chervil seems gritty, swish it in cool water and lay it between the folds of a paper towel to dry. To store it, refrigerate the leafy stems in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel, and they’ll keep nicely for a week or more.

​HARVESTING GUIDE

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To save seeds from your plants, wait until the flower heads have dried and turned brown. Snip off the flower heads and place in a cool, dry place until they are completely dry.


Rub the flower heads between your thumb and forefinger to remove the seeds. Sow immediately, or store in a cool, dry place. Stored properly, seeds will remain viable for 1-4 years.

Chervil has a short lifespan, and if you added plenty of organic matter to the soil at planting time, you shouldn’t need additional fertilizer.​


However, if you are growing in containers, you can add a liquid fertilizer at half strength every four weeks starting after the plant is four weeks old.​


Plant with mint, pansies, or radishes. These plants have similar soil and light requirements.

Saving Seeds

To save seeds from your plants, wait until the flower heads have dried and turned brown. Snip off the flower heads and place in a cool, dry place until they are completely dry.


Rub the flower heads between your thumb and forefinger to remove the seeds. Sow immediately, or store in a cool, dry place. Stored properly, seeds will remain viable for 1-4 years.​


Chervil has a short lifespan, and if you added plenty of organic matter to the soil at planting time, you shouldn’t need additional fertilizer.


However, if you are growing in containers, you can add a liquid fertilizer at half strength every four weeks starting after the plant is four weeks old.​


Plant with mint, pansies, or radishes. These plants have similar soil and light requirements.

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