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Sep 3, 2013 11:42 AM

growing my spice rack??

Just for something to do (that costs nothing) gonna see what will sprout from seed herbs/spices living in my kitchen cabinet.

Have a pot of fresh ginger that I sprouted EASILY by just breaking off a few chunks and pushing into potting soil... not expecting a "harvest" but it's an interesting looking house plant.

Gonna try every SEED I have... celery, coriander, anise, etc. Is star anise a seed?

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  1. I'm not sure this is going to work. I thought herbs and spices were irradiated. I think star anise is a pod containing seeds. But here is a link that might be helpful to you

    I read another source that said some spices are roasted so the seeds might not germinate.

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      all of the above -- your germination rate is going to be *extremely* low, if you even *have* a germination rate.

      Then there's the whole climate, soil, daylight, etc., etc., etc. discussion.

    2. I tend to agree with the other posters about germination from your spice rack.

      But there are cast-offs from cooking which will grow:
      *the root end of a scallion - won't get much white but the greens can be cut several times
      *lemongrass (providing climate is right)
      *Garlic to get scapes in the spring
      *Jerusalem artichokes
      *avocado, won't produce fruit unless climate is right but makes a nice patio plant
      *sweet potato

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      1. re: meatn3

        avocado also needs a tree of the opposite gender to bear fruit...there are some who can do it all themselves, but most need a mate.

      2. I applaud your ingenuity and desire to experiment, but that is going to be one costly experiment not likely to bear fruit, so to speak.

        Spices are a lot more expensive on a per-pound basis than what seeds cost in a garden center. Plus, there is a good reason you can't get seeds for your garden for everything you have in your spice rack. The seed packets that are sold in your local garden center (whether that be a specialty store, Walmart, Lowes or Home Depot) tend to be the seeds that will thrive in your local climate, whereas many spices only thrive in specific tropical or sub-tropical climates.

        The garden center is a better source for seeds than your spice rack.

        1. I have grown cilantro (coriander) and anise successfully from bottled seeds. Can't speak to other seeds.


          somewhatsuccessfully from bottled seeds.