Responds poorly to root disturbance so either direct sow once the soil begins to warm up in late spring, or start indoors in peat pots or other compostable pots that can be transplanted whole. Ideal temperature for germination is 18°C. Sow 5mm (¼”) deep. Transplant at a spacing of 10cm (4″). Keep the soil evenly moist during germination. Once seeds sprout, reduce watering slightly.
Fresh leaves are ready to harvest in 30 to 40 days, once the plants are 25cm (10") tall. Try using fenugreek as a cut-and-come-again crop by cutting back to 10cm (4") above the soil. If growing for seed, allow the plants to mature fully through the flowering and pod stage. The pods will turn yellow and the lower leaves will begin to drop once the seeds are mature.