Anise - 30 seeds

Anise - 30 seeds


Growing anise (Pimpinella anisum) is an easy gardening project and can provide seed for a multitude of uses. Anise seeds are small and are easier to sow with a seed syringe for indoor planting or mixed in sand for outside planting. Temperature of the soil is an important consideration for how to plant anise. Soil should be workable and 60 F./15 C. for best germination. Space the seeds in rows 2 to 3 feet apart at a rate of 12 seeds per foot. 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. Apply a nitrogen fertilizer prior to flowering in June to July.

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Start indoors or in a glasshouse in the spring. Cover them only lightly with fine seed compost as basil seeds are very small. The seeds need minimum 10 degrees for germination.

Transplant the basil seedlings when they start to produce their second set of leaves. If you grow basil in pots you can plant 5-10  plants into a container.

Watering is often where most mistakes are made. The water requirements for growing basil are relatively slight and once a week watering is more than adequate for the needs of these plants. Overwatered plants tend to rot off.