How To Grow Anise Microgreens

<a href=''>Jon Smith</a>Jon Smith
May 15, 2021

Anise microgreens have delicious licorice undertones and provide powerful vitamins and minerals that help heal your body. Anise has been shown to reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate depression, including postpartum depression.

Anise has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of menopause, including mood swings, bone loss, and hot flashes. It also contains compounds that balance blood sugar levels and help fight inflammation. Chronic inflammation can damage your tissues and organs, resulting in a plethora of health conditions.

Anise microgreens also prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi thanks to their antimicrobial properties. It also reduces stomach acid secretion and protects against gastric ulcers.  Finally, anise helps produce healthy blood cells, protect against disease, and assists with growth, development, and metabolism.

Growing microgreens is extremely easy to do from the comfort of your own home. Follow our directions below.


Flavor:Anise microgreens have a licorice flavor.
Presoak: (yes or no)No
ColorAnise microgreens have vibrant green leaves.
Germination TimeGermination takes approximately 7-10 days.
Harvest TimeReady for harvest in 17-20 days.
Green Thumb Level:2-3 – Anise is easy to grow when you follow the growing instructions.

Anise microgreens are quick growing and simple to grow when the basic protocols of growing microgreens are followed. When followed properly, you will be enjoying delectable greens in two to three weeks as long as you follow the planting and growing instructions and choose the right microgreen growing kit as described below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Anise Microgreens Regrow after Harvesting?

Very few microgreens will regrow after harvest. If you harvest your microgreens without cutting the lowest leaf off, there is a minute chance that it will regrow; however, the growth is usually stunted, and the taste of the microgreen is usually negatively affected.

How Fast Do Anise Microgreens Grow?

Depending on the type of anise microgreen seeds chosen, you can expect to harvest two to three weeks after planting. When the first set of true leaves form and the plants are approximately 2 inches tall, it is time for harvest. Simply trim your anise microgreens at soil level, rinse, and use immediately.

Equipment Needed to Grow Anise Microgreens

Growing anise microgreens is a straightforward and easy process when you have the right equipment and materials. To ensure success, you will want to choose the correct soil, growing trays, and high-quality, organic seed.

Starter Kits for Anise Microgreens

You can find a variety of starter kits online to help ensure your success like this one:

Self Watering Indoor Microgreens Kit - Soil and Hydroponic Combo Pack - Complete Microgreens Growing Kit for Vegetable Seeds & Herb Seeds - Broccoli Seeds, Radish, Chard Seeds, Cilantro Seeds, & More
  • 🌱SOIL AND HYDROPONIC SEED STARTER KIT - Includes four (4) BPA-free reusable self-watering trays, two (2) mist sprayers, ten (10) different varieties of microgreens seeds, hydroponic micro mat confetti, Minute Soil pucks, step-by-step self watering instructions, four (4) free microgreen recipes.
  • 🌱 NON-GMO HERB SEEDS - NON-GMO VEGETABLE SEEDS - Complete Self-Watering Kit features 10 popular non-GMO soil-based and hydroponic microgreens seeds including broccoli seeds, black sunflower seeds, Rambo radish, Rainbow Swiss chard seeds, China Rose radish, cilantro seeds, Spicy Salad Mix & more.
  • 🌱 COUNTERTOP HERB GARDEN - INDOOR GARDEN KIT - The microgreens tray is small, convenient, & easy to use with no spill or mess. An ideal indoor countertop hydroponic seed starter companion to grow alongside any wheatgrass growing kit, or window herb garden. Perfect with any herb starter kit!
  • 🌱 HYDROPONIC MICRO MAT - MINUTE SOIL PUCKS - Our BPA-free self watering microgreen tray (seed sprouter) regulates moisture evenly to ensure healthy, fast, well-hydrated microgreens. Our kit boasts plenty of Minute Soil pucks and hydroponic micro mat confetti for all of your microgreens harvests.
  • 🌱 PRODUCT OF USA - NON GMO MICROGREEN SEEDS - Our Mountain Valley Seed Company customer service and workforce is proudly based in the US along with our micro greens seeds organic and organic wheatgrass seeds being sustainably sourced as well as our microgreens growing trays being 100% BPA-free.

If you decide to purchase your items separately, you will need the following items:

Growing Medium – You will want non-clumping, fine-grained soil that drains wells to prevent your microgreen roots from intertangling. When choosing a seed soil, you want that is designed for seedlings like this one:

Fox Farm Happy Frog Organic Potting Soil Mix Indoor Outdoor Garden Plants, 51.4 Quart(2 cu ft) ( Bundled with Pearsons Protective Gloves)
  • ✅Your potted plants deserve the best organic potting soil. Their roots can’t seek out nutrition in the ground, so you have to bring it to them. That’s why Happy Frog Potting Soil is amended with soil microbes that can help improve root efficiency and encourage nutrient uptake.
  • ✅Happy Frog Potting Soil is designed for container planting. Whether you’re growing a ficus in the dining room, a geranium on the patio, or a lemon tree on the deck, use our Potting Soil in your containers.
  • ✅Nutrient rich, Happy Frog Potting Soil is highly recommended for container gardens. Ready to use right out of the bag and is pH adjusted to allow for maximum nutrient uptake. The benefits of this premium select potting soil are strong plant structure, vigorous vegetative growth, with enhanced fruit and flower production.
  • ✅Bundled with Pearsons Protective Gloves

Another option that is becoming popular is coconut coir.

Loose Coconut Coir Mix, Coconut Coir for Gardening, and Reptile Substrate, All Natural, PH Balanced Double Washed Coco Peat - 8QTs
  • Loose Coconut Coir- Loose easy to work with coconut coir, the same as most commercial coco bricks, but in an easier to work with loose form. Use as-is, no need for hydration or washing.
  • PH Balanced and Double Washed- PH balanced and double washed to ensure a clean high quality product ready to be used in your gardening project.
  • Great as Reptile Substrate- Works great as a reptile substrate for high humidity reptiles and amphibians.
  • 8qt Bag- Sold here in a 8 dry quart bag, enough for small to medium gardening projects or animal cages.
  • Perfect for potting plants- Excellent for strong root growth, water retention, and ease of use. Use alone or amended with other ingredients.

Growing trays for Soil and Seeds – Anise microgreen trays should be shallow and have drainage holes. Because of the fragility of microgreens, it is best to water from the bottom to prevent fungus and mold growth. The drainage holes allow the water to be absorbed by the roots. These are the ones we recommend:

10 Plant Growing Trays (with Drain Holes) - 20" x 10" - Perfect Garden Seed Starter Grow Trays: for Seedlings, Indoor Gardening, Growing Microgreens, Wheatgrass & More - Soil or Hydroponic
  • Quantity 10 - Durable Plastic - WITH Drain Holes
  • Perfect for hydroponic growing and seed starting
  • Approx: 21" by 11" (top measurement). 20" by 10" bottom of tray - See product description below for precise measurments
  • Accomodates 20" x 10" Sure to Grow Hydroponic Grow Pads and Micro-Mats Perfectly
  • Reusable - Great for Greenhouse, Seedlings, wheatgrass, microgreens and more.

Growing Trays for Bottom Watering – You will also want a second growing tray that does not have holes. This try will cover your seeds and weigh them down to help with the formation of roots (more information in the next section). Here are the trays we recommend:

10 Plant Growing Trays (No Drain Holes) - 20" x 10" - Perfect Garden Seed Starter Grow Trays: for Seedlings, Indoor Gardening, Growing Microgreens, Wheatgrass & More - Soil or Hydroponic
  • Quantity 10 - Durable Plastic - NO Drain Holes
  • Perfect for use as a drip tray, hydroponic growing and seed starting
  • Approx: 21" by 11" (top measurement). 20" by 10" bottom of tray - See product description below for precise measurments
  • Accomodates 20" x 10" Sure to Grow Hydroponic Grow Pads and Micro-Mats Perfectly
  • Reusable - Great for Greenhouse, Seedlings, wheatgrass, microgreens and more.

Misting Bottle/ Spray Can – Misting is an important part of the germination process. Your misting bottle does not need to be state of the art. A simple sprayer that produces a fine mist like this one is perfect:

airchr Automatic Spray Bottle Electric Watering Can Adjustable Water Sprayer Mist to Straight -White
  • AUTOMATIC SPRAY BOTTLE - SAVE YOU FINGERS FREE : ZZRAN electric water sprayer sprays automatically. You only need to touch the button , then it will start to work. Say Good Bye to manual misting.This is a great solution for people with arthritis or hand pain. Life savor for hand and wrist.
  • ELECTRIC RECHARGEABLE SPRAYER & LED INDICATOR LIGHTS & USB CABLE: Build-in 2000mah battery,uses a USB to recharge. ZZRAN powerful electric spray bottle has excellent battery life. The LED lights indicator are located on the top of the nozzle and they blink while charging.Once the lights stop blinking, you have a full charge. Be sure to fully charge before using.
  • 360°ADJUSABLE ROYAL NOZZLE - AFFORDABLE GIFT:ZZRAN mister has 2 spray patterns—a light jet and gentle mist. You can rotary-adjust to make a coarse stream or mist spray.The fine mist with even flow,great gift for plant lovers.Perfect gifts for your parents,kids,friends,etc. Kids also love using this to feed the plants.
  • 1L HIGH CAPACITY & MULTI - PURPOSE SPRAYER MISTER:you can use our sprayer to water indoor plants,outdoor plants,farm, cleaning windows and walls in the house, daily shower cleaner, disinfecting use, dampen hair, cleaning sofa, chairs, tables and all other indoor furniture etc. Making working in the garden more easier and faster.

Light Source – Sunshine is perfect when growing outdoors; however, if you are growing indoors, you may want to use a grow light. Grow lights provide microgreens with the light they need to uniformly grow. Here is the one we recommend:

UNIT FARM UF1000 LED Plant Grow Lights Full Spectrum Hydroponic Growing Lamp for 2x2FT Microgreens Vegetable, 184 OSRAM Diodes, 1x1FT Stealth Grow Lighting for Seedling Flowering(Power Draw 60W)
  • 【High-Efficiency Plant Growing Lamp】 184 diodes only consume 60watts. can replace traditional 120W HPS/MH grow lamps. 30% more diodes than other LED lighting in the same power draw. 1 unit can replace an 80Watts no-driver Lamp or 2 ABS-covered light panels.
  • 【High-quality & Reliable LED Plant Light】 WITH 100000 hours long lifespan OSRAM diodes. Detached driver with 70Inch long power cord, Control the environment TEMP easier. There is 1 dim red diode which is IR Diode, Not Broken.
  • 【Sunlike Full Spectrum LED Plant Light】 High CRI-90, easier to detect the health of your plants. The rich spectrum covers all growth stages. Include 3000K, 5000K, 660nm. there is more blue light to make your plants denser. Additional IR makes plants stronger.
  • 【Flexible Hanging Ways & Multi Purpose】you can hang it up down left right any direction you would like to. The main light in vertical hydroponic space, side lighting in grow tent, fill light in the greenhouse or next to the window. Make the light into every corner.
  • 【recommendation for use】For vegetables and herbs that no flowering, like lettuce, set @18-22inch height in 2x2FT space. For plants going to flowering and fruit, like autoflower or pepper, recommend set @14-16inch height in 2x2FT vegetation space. recommend set @10-12inch height in 1x1FT flowering space.

Heating Mat – A heating mat is an optional piece of equipment. Anise microgreens require a soil temperature of 75°F for germination. After that, soil temperature can be reduced to 60°F. This one is quite affordable:

HYDGOOHO Waterproof Seedling Heat Mat for Seed Starting Propagation and Increase Germination Success 10 Inch x 20.75 Inch MET Safety Standard Certified
  • Makes a differeance in germination time, leafy greens in about 2 days and tomatoes 3-4 days for sprouts.
  • Try to use the seedling heat mat and heat mat thermostat to heat water in the seed container to increase humidity in your grow tent.
  • Using to keep a batch of fermenting beer wort at 72F is also available
  • Great affordable heating solution to starting plants from seed.
  • If you’re doing home gardening for your seasonings, go find this seedling heat mat sets.

Microgreen Planting Rack – If you plan on growing multiple trays of microgreens, a microgreen planter rack allows you to save space by storing your microgreen trays vertically. A simple rack will provide you with the storage space you need to grow your microgreens in a small area:

Seville Classics 5-Tier Steel Wire Shelving, 30" W x 14" D, Black
  • 30" x 14" Shelves - Steel construction for heavy-duty multipurpose storage.
  • 1500 lbs. Capacity - Each shelf holds up to 300 lbs. in systems assembled leveling feet.
  • Leveling Feet - Includes leveling feet for stability when you need it.
  • Black Finish - Provides necessary corrosion resistance in dry and heated storage environments. Easy to wipe down clean.
  • Customizable - Shelves are height adjustable by 1-inch increments; no tools required.

Anise Microgreen Seeds

Seeds are the final thing that you will need to grow anise microgreens. When choosing seeds for your anise microgreen garden, you want high-quality seeds, preferably ones that are organic like the ones offered at True Leaf Market:

These premium seeds are from the independently owned and family-operated Mountain Valley Seed Company. The anise microgreen seeds have a mild licorice flavor that features serrated true leaves and red stems. This non-GMO, heirloom microgreen is a great addition to your salads:

Anise Microgreen Seeds

Growing Anise Microgreens

Here is the step-by-step process to follow when growing anise microgreens. Read each step carefully before you begin growing anise microgreens.

Soaking Anise Seeds

Anise microgreens do not need to be soaked before sowing the seeds in the growing medium.

Planting Your Anise Microgreen Seeds

Begin by placing a growing tray with holes inside a tray without holes. This setup will allow you to water your plants from below and avoid damaging the delicate seeds and plants.

  • Growing Medium or Coconut Coir – Fill the growing tray with holes approximately ¾ full. Ensure the growing medium is fine and no clumps remain. Spread the soil evenly across the entire tray.
  • Pat the Soil – Use something flat like another grow tray to gently flatten the soil without packing it and making it hard. You want the soil to be flat to ensure even distribution of the seeds. Slightly dampen the soil using your mister to prepare the soil for sowing seeds and improved germination.
  • Water the Soil – Before you sow the seeds, you want to evenly water the soil. Then, once the seeds are sown, water again using your mister. Allow the soil to absorb the water and then water two more times to ensure the seeds and soil has been adequately watered.
  • Sow Your Anise Seeds – Spread the anise seeds evenly across the soil to ensure that the roots have enough room to grow. You should sow seeds thickly, approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch apart. Press the seeds firmly in the soil and then cover them with soil or a humidity dome. You should use a heat mat to ensure the soil stays at the optimum temperature of 75°F for germination.

Growing and Caring for Anise Microgreens

To begin the germination process, you must place your seed in the dark. You want the seedlings to grown on long, slender stems. If you exposed them to light immediately, photosynthesis would begin, which would create thicker plants. Instead, you want your plants to stretch toward the light for a proper microgreen crop. Mist the seeds daily during the germination stage. The germination process typically takes seven to ten days, and this is the only time during the growth process that you will water from above.

  • Weight Your Tray Down – Place a tray with no drain holes on top of your seeds and weigh it down with a brick. This ensures your seeds properly root in the growing medium.
  • Check Your Seeds – On the fifth day, lift the over to ensure your seeds are sprouting. Then, place the tray and brick back on top of the seeds.
  • Full Germination – Full germination should occur within 7 to 10 days. It is now time to remove the tray and water your microgreens. From now on, you should only add water to the bottom tray. Limit the amount of water that you add to one cup once or twice a day.
  • Place Under Lights – It is now time to allow the process of photosynthesis to occur. Within a day or two, you will notice your microgreens have turned green.
  • Continue Daily Watering – You will want to continue daily watering until it is time to harvest. The time it takes until harvest will depend on the amount of light the anise seeds are receiving as well as how warm the ambient room temperature is.

Harvesting Your Anise Microgreens

Anise microgreens will be ready to harvest in approximately 17 to 20 days. When harvesting, use a sharp knife and cut your microgreens just above soil level.

Storing Anise Microgreens

The shelf life of anise microgreens is 5 to 10 days. As soon as you harvest your anise microgreens, place them in an airtight container or zip lock bag and place them in the refrigerator.

Serving Anise Microgreens

Wash your microgreens right before serving to remove any soil. Place the microgreens on a paper towel and allow to air dry.

Final Thoughts

Anise microgreens are extremely nutritious and offer a host of benefits. Anise microgreens have a delicious licorice flavor that you will enjoy and can be grown indoors when the growing directions are followed.

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About The Author
I have been growing microgreens for myself and others for quite some time now and I absolutely love the process.

Even more I love spreading awareness of an amazing crop that has so many nutritional benefits for our bodies which improve our overall health and wellbeing.

Jon Smith

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