How do you grow the Anise herb?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 24 June 2013 11:10 AM
|Anise is a hardy herbaceous plant that will grow to a height of approximately 60-120cm (2-4ft) in height. The plants require a sunny position and a well drained sandy soil. The powdery blue flowers produced in summer are excellent for attracting bees.
Sow the seeds during March and April in a tray on a windowsill, in a greenhouse or in a propagator. lightly covering the seed with compost. When the seedlings are large enough to handle pot on into a 9cm (3.5") pot using a multipurpose compost. Once they reached a height of about 7.5cm (3") plant them out in late may after acclimatising the plants to out door conditions spacing them 30cm (12") apart.
Alternatively sow direct in the soil lightly covering the seed with soil. Thin the resulting seedlings to 30cm (12") apart.
Once the plants have flowered cut back the plants by a third to promote new growth.
The Liquorice flavoured leaves should be added near the end of the cooking period as prolonged cooking reduces the flavour.
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