How to grow Anise from seed to harvest. Anise plant (Pimpinella anisum) also called aniseed, is a Southern European and Mediterranean herb with a flavor reminiscent of licorice. The plant is attractive with lacy leaves and a profusion of white flowers and grows as a bushy ornamental herb. It can grow up to 1 meter tall. It is often used to add flavor to desserts and drinks.
How to grow Anise from seed
- Anise plants grow best in light, fertile, well-drained soil.
- The Anise Seeds should be planted as soon as the ground warms up in spring.
- Soil should be at least 15 C for best germination.
- Because the plants have a taproot, they do not transplant well after being established, so they should either be started in their final location or be transplanted while the seedlings are still small.
- Space the seeds in rows 2 to 3 feet apart.
- Plant the seed ½ inch deep in well cultivated soils.
- Water the plants after emergence twice a week until they are 6 to 8 inches high and then gradually reduce irrigation.
Maintaining Anise Plants
- Water anise when the ground starts to dry out. Do not over-water Anise.
- Side dress plants with aged comarticle or organic all-purpose fertilizer at mid-season and apply a nitrogen fertilizer prior to flowering.
- .Anise stems are weak. Stake plants that become leggy; also stake plants in windy gardens.
- Anise grows easily in containers. Select a container at least 8 inches deep and wide.
- Anise can be grown indoors in winter. Place plants in a bright window or under fluorescent lights.
- Snip anise leaves for fresh use as needed. Leaves can also be dried on a screen in a cool, dry, dark, airy place.
- Seeds require more than 100 frost-free days to reach harvest. Harvest seeds from late summer to early autumn starting about two to three weeks after flowering when seeds have turned brown and fall easily from the head.
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