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About This Plant...
Family: Umbelliferae
Genus and species: Carum carvi
Plant type: biennial
Height and width: 24-36 inches high; 8 inches wide
Location and soil: sun; tolerates dry soil
Uses: young leaves in soups, stews, and sauces; seeds in desserts, baking, and cheese spreads
Propagation methods: seeds and cuttings
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 4-6 weeks
When to transplant to garden: after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 14 days
Germination temp.: 70 degrees F.
Days to maturity: 70 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 8-12 inches
Spacing between rows: 36 inches
Growing On...
Harvest: use fresh leaves at any time; harvest seeds when they are mature, about one month after flowering, and dry them in a shady place on paper towels; then store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: use fresh seed for best results; best direct-sown because plants develop a taproot; sows readily in garden

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