How to plant chervil

Anthriscus cerefolium

Chervil, also called chervil, is an aromatic herb that can be used in the same way as parsley or parsley, and is widely used in French cuisine. The entire plant can be consumed, including roots, flowers and seeds, but leaves are the most used part. Annual plant that reaches up to 70 cm in height when it blooms (its white flowers appear in umbels, like those of other plants of the same family).


Chervil grows best at temperatures between 4 ° C and 24 ° C, although it can withstand negative temperatures. This herb can bloom early if grown when the weather is very hot.


Cultivate preferably in partial shade with good light. It can also be grown in direct sunlight, as long as the temperature is not too high.


Grow in well-drained, fertile soil, rich in organic matter, with a pH between 6 and 7. However, this plant can tolerate a wide range of soil pH well.


Irrigate to keep the soil moist, but not soaked.


The seeds usually take 1 to 3 weeks to germinate. Soaking the seeds in water for a day can hasten germination. The seeds must be sown in the final place, as the chervil seedlings do not normally support the transplant well. Leave the seeds in the soil no more than 0.5 cm deep.

Chervil can be grown in pots and planters, as long as they are at least 20 cm wide and 30 cm high. In smaller pots it will produce less and have a shorter shelf life.


Remove invasive plants that are competing for nutrients and resources.

The sap of the plant, in contact with the skin, can cause photofitodermatosis, so wear gloves to protect your hands when cutting the plant, especially on sunny days.


Pick the outermost leaves individually when necessary from 30 or 40 days after planting, or cut the entire plant between 60 and 90 days, before the plant begins to bloom.

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