Fennel did not bulb
In response to demand for more variety in my garden this year, I grew fennel from seed (some started indoors, others direct sown). The seed germinated magnificently and the plants thrived. Plants grew to 3 or 4 feet. The remaining ones have flower heads and almost are in seed stage.
However, the darn things did not produce the yummy bulbs I grew them for. The stems grew in sort of a fan shape from the base, but flat and two-dimensional. Taste of the stems was mediocre; texture was stringy. Big disappointment.
Is there some cultural regimen that I failed to follow? Or was the seed mislabelled? The seed I purchased was called Foenicucum vulgare var. azoricum. From my web research, I'm suspicious that what I got was a sweet or Sicilian fennel, both of which grow taller and are not biennial nor bulb-forming, as is Florence variety.
Any light you can shed....