Fenugreek Growing Guide

Trigonella foenum-graecum


Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Any average, well drained soil.


Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

None. Fenugreek cannot tolerate cold temperatures.


When using fenugreek to improve very poor soil, mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting will give better results.


Single Plants: 5" (15cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5" (15cm) with 5" (15cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow fenugreek from late spring to late summer, whenever a bed will be unused for more than eight weeks. Direct seed into cultivated soil so that the seeds are about 2 inches (5 cm) apart and one-half inch (1 cm) deep. Thin to 6 inches (15 cm) apart in all directions.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


On warm days, fenugreek often emits a fragrance similar to that of maple syrup. It also can be grown as a medicinal herb.


Mow plants before turning them under, or pull them up and compost them if you want to use the spot for planting right away.


Fenugreek rarely has problems with pests and diseases when grown in home gardens.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Fenugreek