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Edibles Grow Sheets


  • Scientific Name
    Anthriscus cerefolium
  • General Information

    Chervil is an annual herb but in milder areas it can be a biennial. It grows 16 inches tall and a foot wide, an Asian native that has naturalized in much of Europe and the US. The leaves exude a slight anise flavor and contain a volatile oil that disappears when cooked. Therefore, it is added to hot foods just before serving. It is also used to flavor salads, eggs, cheese, and poultry.

  • When to Plant

    Sow seeds spring through fall. Chervil tends to bolt in warm weather, so it's easiest to grow in the cooler months. To ensure fresh leaves throughout summer, make succession plantings every 3 to 4 weeks.

  • Planting

    Seeds sprout in about 10 days at soil temperature of 60 degrees. Cover seeds lightly or not at all. Thin seedlings 12 inches apart. Direct sow is recommended due to its tap root. If transplanting, wait till there are at least 3 pairs of leaves.

  • Soil Requirements

    Prefers fertile soil with compost added.

  • Water Requirements

    Prefers moist soil. Without consistent water, chervil bolts and goes to seed.  

  • Fertilizing

    No fertilizer required unless planted in container. Containers should receive half strength fish emulsion after four weeks.

  • Pollination

    It is pollinated by insects.

  • Harvesting

    Best fresh as it loses its flavor if dried.  

  • Storage

    Store in water in a jar in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

  • Good Varieties for Marin

    ‘Brussels Winter’, ‘Crispum’, ‘Vertissimo’

  • Helpful Tips

    Like most herbs, the leaves lose flavor as flowers emerge.

  • Common Problems

    Relatively problem free

  • Pests- Diseases & More

    Aphids (hose off), snails and slugs (pick off in early morning), and occasionally fusarium root rot (destroy and toss the plant) and powdery mildew (hose off or cut out).