This herb known as Anise is an annual that can grow up to two feet tall. Anise (Pimpinella anisum) can be used for medicinal and culinary purposes and it has clusters of white flowers that can add ornamental value to a garden as well. The seeds of Anise can be used to flavor soups, candies, cakes and curries. Anise (Pimpinella anisum) is native to Egypt and the Mediterranean region, and it can be grown in California and some other areas of the United States within United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones four through nine. Anise doesn’t transplant well, so growing it from seed is best done in permanent containers or directly in the garden. The following are the steps on how to grow Anise from seed;
- You have to select a pot with drainage holes and then fill it with moist, sterile potting mix, make sure is up to about 3/4 inch from the top. You have to press down on the soil with your hand to level the surface.
- Sprinkle 6 to 8 Anise plant seeds over the soil surface at an equal distance from each other. Then cover the Anise seeds with about 1/4-inch layer of soil. Make sure you lightly tamp the soil with your hand to firm it over the anise seeds.
- Make sure you water the soil with a spray bottle in other to avoid disturbing the shallowly planted seeds. Stretch plastic wrap over the pot in other to help the soil retain moisture. You can cover the plastic wrap with sheets of newspaper to maintain a constant soil temperature. Make sure you keep the soil moist, not soggy, during the Anise seeds germination period.
- You need to position the pot in a warm room. You can aim for a temperature of about 60 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Be expecting the Anise seeds to germinate within 2 weeks.
- You need to remove the plastic wrap and newspaper as soon as the Anise seeds germinate. You have to expose the seedlings to sunlight and a temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You can easily remove the weak and small seedlings as soon as they’re large enough to handle. You can keep no more than 1 or 2 strong seedlings in the pot, and then water them regularly to keep the soil damp as they grow. Make sure you move the pots outside into a sunny location when all danger of frost has passed.
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You can sow Anise plant seeds outdoors in a sunny location after the last frost date in your area. Make sure you plant the Anise seeds in well-drained soil with a pH between 6.3 and 7.3. You need to sow the seeds in rows that are two feet apart at a depth of about 1/4 inch. Thin them to eight inches apart.
You can harvest the Anise plant seeds about one month after the plant flowers. You can harvest the leaves as needed while the plant matures.