Germinating Seeds and Growing Anise in Your Backyard Herb Garden
Growing Anise or Pimpinella anisum
is one of the
fragrant herbs for seasoning that is easy to germinate if you use fresh
seed. Old seed tends to be harder to start so only keep the seed two
Germinate seeds at 60-72F and sow them approximately one quarter inch
deep. Seed should germinate in two weeks.
Cover very lightly as this is
a fairly small seed.
You'll have better luck if you sow directly into a
pot (about six to eight seeds per pot) as the root system of the
seedlings resents transplanting.
It is easier to sow a few extra in a
pot and then weed out the weaker seedlings leaving only one or two
plants per pot than to transplant.
Growing Anise Before Putting Outdoors
Once you've germinated them, growing anise in full sunshine and 55F air
temperatures to stop them from growing tall and thin. High temperatures
will cause the plants to grow quite tall.
Once all danger of frost has passed, plant outside and try to avoid
disturbing the roots.
You can direct sow the seed in the garden if you do this in early May.
Sow very shallowly (one quarter inch deep) and thin seedlings to 8
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Anise Is An Annual Crop
Remember this is an annual crop. You'll have to start the plants
indoors if you want the seed to ripen as it takes a long time and a lot
of heat to do so.
Use the anise leaves with their licorice flavour anywhere you like the
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