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How to Grow Anise from Seed & why you Should Grow it.©

How to Grow Anise from Seed & why you Should Grow it.©

by Arlene Wright-Correll

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) is an annual that can grow up to 2 feet tall. This herb, which can be used for medicinal and culinary purposes, with its clusters of white flowers, can add ornamental value to a garden as well. Anise seeds can be used to flavor soups, cakes, candies and curries. Native to Egypt and the Mediterranean region, anise can be grown in California and areas of the United States within USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. Growing anise from seed is best done in permanent containers or directly in the garden, because the herb doesn't transplant well.


1. Select a pot with drainage holes and fill it with moist, sterile potting mix, up to about 3/4 inch from the top. Press down on the soil with your hand to level the surface.


2. Sprinkle six to eight anise seeds over the soil surface, at an equal distance from each other. Cover the seeds with a 1/4-inch layer of soil. Lightly tamp the soil with your hand to firm it over the anise seeds.


3. Water the soil with a spray bottle to avoid disturbing the shallowly planted seeds. Stretch plastic wrap over the pot to help the soil retain moisture. Cover the plastic wrap with sheets of newspaper to maintain a constant soil temperature. Keep the soil moist -- not soggy -- during the germination period.


4. Position the pot in a warm room. Aim for a temperature of about 60 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect the seeds to germinate within two weeks.


5. Remove the plastic wrap and newspaper as soon as the seeds germinate. Expose the seedlings to sunlight and a temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit.


6. Remove weak, small seedlings as soon as they're large enough to handle. Keep no more than one or two strong seedlings in the pot, and water them regularly to keep the soil damp as they grow. You can move the pots outside into a sunny location when all danger of frost has passed.

Things You Will Need

Potting mix


Spray bottle

Plastic wrap



Sow seeds outdoors in a sunny location, after the last frost date in your area. Plant them in well-drained soil with a pH between 6.3 and 7.3. Sow the seeds in rows that are 2 feet apart, at a depth of about 1/4 inch. Thin them to 8 inches apart.

Harvest anise seeds about one month after the plant flowers. Harvest the leaves as needed, while the plant matures.

Anise can be used as a tea or syrup to aid in the relief from cough and congestion. Try a simple tea made from crushed seeds after a large meal - you will be surprised at how effective it can be.

Known Medicinal Properties:  Anise has a long history of medicinal use. It is still used all over the world as a digestive-aid and anti-flatulence agent. Anise has also been used for centuries relieve coughs and colds. In fact, scientists have even proven that the essential oils in the Anise seeds DO have expectorant properties. 

Anise is a digestive-aid, anti-flatulence agent and fights coughs and colds. 

May the Creative Force be with you,


Arlene Wright-Correll


Home Farm Herbery LLC



56 - 56 - 1 - US

About the Author & Artist. Arlene Wright-Correll (1935- ___), Spent most of her adult life as a mother and an International real estate broker and is now popular American award winning Artist, published author, columnist, & is the resident art instructor for Avalon Stained Glass School, at the age of 68, decided to pick up her paint brushes again after 54 years and paint.  She is a cancer and stroke survivor who is able to strive forward each and everyday to welcome the beauty of this small planet.  She also is a China & Porcelain painter, Sandblasting & Etching, Stained Glass & fused glass Artisan. She is one of the six KY Artists who worked 6 months to create the dolls for Journey Jots in 2006 and a Smithsonian Institute art exhibit in 2008. Her published books can be found here . She is also a featured writer for and teaches Art Vacation Holidays at Avalon Stained Glass School and Creativity Center. She currently grows many herbs, flowers and vegetables at Home Farm Herbery and has created almost 400 seasoning, teas and preserves heirloom seeds all of which she sells and gives 100% of her proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.