How to Grow Chervil – A Beginner’s Guide

chervil plant growing in garden
Chervil, which are known botanically as Anthriscus cerefolium, are a type of herb that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing chervil as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Chervil

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the chervil seeds directly outdoors in early spring or late summer for a fall crop. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when chervil are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Chervil the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing chervil in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your chervil grow. Generally, your soil should be well-drained and fertile, with added organic matter. Soil PH levels should be around 6.0 to 7.0.

1/4″ deep, 2″ apart in rows 12″ apart. 1/4″ deep, 2″ apart in rows 12″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about 6-12″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your chervil seedlings 6-8″ apart when seedlings are 1-2″ tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Chervil

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your chervil. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your chervil should be getting partial shade

How Much to Water Chervil

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your chervil do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your chervil begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Chervil to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your chervil grow.

It takes approximately 10-14 days to germinate, and a total of 60-80 days from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Chervil

The best time to harvest your chervil is when leaves are large enough to use, usually 6-8 weeks after planting.

Chervil can grow up to about 12-24″ tall.

What Can Chervil Be Used For?

Food Use: great for seasoning soups, salads, and egg dishes.

Flavor Profile: delicate, slightly sweet, and anise-like.

Can Chervil Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you can plant multiple plants in a 12″ container. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your chervil around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Chervil Safe for Bees?

Yes, chervil are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing chervil is bee-friendly.

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