Anise Seeds – Anise Seed
Plant anise herb seeds in a nice sunny spot in soil that has adequate drainage. Anise seeds produce a pungent flavored herb that resembles fennel and licorice, and it is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In antiquity, anise was used to treat insomnia. Today, this sweet-smelling herb is commonly found in Indian, and Asian cuisine. The anise herb is also frequently used to flavor liqueurs such as arak, aguardiente, ouzo, and sambuca.
Botanical Name:Pimpinella anisum
Light Requirement:Full Sun
Plant Type:Upright with umbels of lacy white flowers
Features:Open Pollinated, Culinary, Medicinal, Outdoor, Container Garden, Fragrant, Deer Resistant
Plant Spacing:6-12 inches
Planting Depth:1/4 inch
Sowing Method:Direct sow
Hardiness Zones:4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
How to Grow Anise
When to Plant Anise Seeds
Direct sow seeds outdoors in a prepared seedbed about 2 weeks after the danger of frost has passed.
Where to Plant Anise Seeds
Anise plants do not transplant well, so it’s best to directly sow into an area with full sun and well-draining soils that are rich in organic matter. Young plants will need protection from winds.
How to Plant Anise Seeds
Sow your seeds about 1/4th of an inch into well-draining soil. Space plants about 6-12 inches apart. When seedlings are 6 weeks old, thin plants to 18 inches apart or more. Only water anise plants when the ground starts to dry out- be careful not to overwater. Side dress plants with aged compost or organic all-purpose fertilizer at midseason, The seeds should germinate in about 20 days and will reach full maturity after 120 days.
How to Harvest Anise
Be sure to keep your planting site free of weeds. Some anise plants may grow tall and leggy- stake if necessary. Once the flower umbels are full of brown seeds, cut the seed heads off, placing them on paper toweling or plates. Set them in a warm place and in direct sunlight if possible to finish drying the herb seeds. To harvest the leaves, snip off for fresh use. Leaves can be dried on a screen in a cool, dry, dark, airy place.
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