Approximately 380-405 seeds per gram. Lot# CL02301 Anthriscus cerefolium Chervil Vertissimo is an annual that grows to about 61 cm (24") tall. It has light green leaves that resemble finely cut parsley. White flowers are produced on flat heads. The leaves have a hint of licorice flavor. The delicate flavor disappears in cooking so add it just prior to serving. Chervil likes to grow in a cool season. Chervil serves as an excellent companion plant for carrots and radishes and is reported to make radishes hotter and crisper when grown near it . It also grows well with cilantro/coriander and dill, making them an ideal grouping for containers. It has also been reported to protect lettuces from aphids and other insects when companion planted. Leaves have a mild, sweet anise flavor. It is popular for using in salads, micro greens, and garnishing. Chervil's flowers are also edible, and used to garnish salads as well. Flavor is of mild licorice. Chervil is quite a hardy plant once established.
Chervil Vertissimo seeds are quite tiny. Plant them about 3 mm (1/8") deep in well worked soil. It may take from two to four weeks before you start seeing little green things. When they are 5 cm (2") or so, thin them out a bit. Each plant needs about 20-25 cm (8-10") of space. It is a good idea to soak the seeds in water for 24 hours before planting so they will germinate better. Chervil is a self-seeding variety.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich soil. Chervil does well in rich, loamy soils with lots of compost added and will grow in a wide pH range between 5.0 (strongly acidic) and 8.2 (alkaline) with an ideal range between 5.5 and 7.0.
Planting Depth:Sow seeds 3 mm (1/8") deep. Sow a few seeds in each spot you want a plant to grow. Thin or space to 25 cm (10″) apart. You can direct sow Chervil any time after last frost to early summer. Keep transplanting to a minimum, as chervil develops a delicate taproot.
Germination: 7 to 14 days.
Height at Maturity: 30-60 cm (12-24”) tall. Spread: 15-30 cm (6-12”)
Days to Maturity: 40-60 days. Harvest leaves when plant is able to support harvesting.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun to partial Shade
Spacing after Thinning: Plant them 25 cm (10″) apart and then thin them out as necessary.
Additional Information Chervil is easy to grow from seed, but it requires cool, moist conditions. In hot weather or dry soil, the plants will bolt (flower and set seed) rather than produce lush leaves for harvest. Try to grow chervil during the coolest part of your growing season. Also, a semi-shaded location between other plants can help shield chervil from the heat of midsummer sun.