Anise is an excellent plant to grow in indoor areas, especially in cold weather conditions. It looks beautiful in your plant collection with its purple flowers. You can also use it in your food to get the subtle taste of aniseed.

It is not to be confused with star anise. The tow are unrelated.

Moreover, the seeds are also used in bread, cakes, sweets, and creams for additional flavour. It is also used in a marinade for fish and to flavour liqueurs and cordials. It is also used as a homemade remedy to treat indigestion.

Here’s how you do it: Take one cup of boiling water and half a teaspoon of seeds and mix them. Wait for 5 minutes until it becomes drinkable, and then drink it.


Sowing Anise

To sow anise, you need to find a sunny place as well as it being a sheltered spot. Sow the seeds in rich, fertile soil. The season of sowing anise plants is mid-spring, and they can be planted out 12” (30 cm) apart in late spring.

Growing Anise

There are some general things that you should keep in mind while growing this plant. First of all, you need to keep watering the plant frequently. They are thirsty plants!  Whenever you see some weeds or other unwanted plants growing around your plants, carefully prise them out and let your plant grow freely. These plants are not strong enough at the beginning of their growth period, so stake them, making sure that you protect them from strong wind. Take common precautions against pesticides and herbicides. In the mid-summer, you will see your plant start flowering.

Harvesting Anise

In Autumn, when the flowers are faded, the colour of seeds will turn greyish brown. Generally, the plant ripens in the warmer summers. When it ripens, take the seed heads off and store it in a brown paper bag. After placing them into the brown paper bag, the seeds will burst open, and then you can take an airtight jar and store them in there, ensuring the jar is clean and dry first. These seeds can be used to sow more anise plants in the next season. However, if you want to use seeds for seasoning and other food-related purposes, you can just get them out of the jar and use them the way you want.


Common Problems

Weeds and other unwanted herbs can damage the plant. That is why you need to check, and if such a situation occurs, carefully get rid of these weeds and protect your anise plant.

Anise plant is a gorgeous, purple-flowered annual plant that can be grown in your indoor garden, conservatory or greenhouse. It also has several benefits. Some of them are that they can be used to season several sweet items. Moreover, the health benefit of this plant is that it can be mixed with boiling water and can be used to treat indigestion. The season of sowing anise plant is mid-spring. Keep watering your plant and make sure that you cut the weeds surrounding your plant, this way, you can increase productivity.

Moreover, protect it from strong winds and use common pesticides to keep insects that can harm the plant. The best season to harvest the plant is mid-summer when the weather is hot. During this time, you can take out the seeds and use them for food seasoning and other purposes. But if you want to use it for sowing next year, take a paper bag and place it in there and let it burst. When the plant bursts, you can save it in an airtight jar. Your anise plant can face overrunning, and if such a thing happens, then just treat the plant in the same way as you treat other annual plants in such situations.

Check out this recipe on how to make anise cookies

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06/14/2021 | Herbs | 0 Comments

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