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How to Grow Dill

Dill Germination Information

 Dill Seed Germination How to Sow Dill:
  • Sow indoors at a temperature of 60-70°
  • Sow in individual pots to facilitate transplanting of the tap root
  • Alternatively, sow seeds outdoors after all danger of frost is past, but when the soil is still cool
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seed and expect germination in 21-25 days

How to Grow Dill:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves. It is difficult to transplant because of the long tap root

Spacing: Space 8-12 inches apart in full sun

Soil: Site in a slightly acid, average, well-drained garden soil

Additional Care: Keep plants well watered and deadhead the flowers to prolong the harvest life of the leaves. If grown for the seeds, do not deadhead. Plants will self-sow if allowed to go to seed

Appearance and Use:

This 2-3 foot tall plant is grown in herb gardens for its aromatic foliage and seeds. The leaves are bright green, finely divided, and a highly aromatic addition to poultry and fish dishes. Harvest the leaves at any time for fresh use and drying. Umbels of summer-appearing, tiny, yellow flowers are followed by the seeds that are used in pickling and flavoring. Harvest the seeds when they turn brown. Cut the stem and place it upside down in a bag to collect the seeds as they ripen

About Dill:
Botanical name: ANETHUM graveolens
Pronunciation:  å-ne’thum grå-veo’-lenz
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Apiaceae; native to southwest Asia