The Dill plant also known as (Anethum graveolens) is an annual herb that is a species of the celery family. This plant grows tall and is very fragrant with yellow flowers. This plant attracts a lot of insects such as wasps and beetles, and is a natural pest repellent.
Dill is used mostly for spicing up food and pickling, but its benefits go beyond that, and this herb is also used for digestion and liver problems, gallbladder, urinary tract infections and even kidney disease.
Dill will reach a height of approximately two to four feet tall at full maturity. As the plant grows taller, it is a good idea to use sticks to support the plant, especially in windy areas.
Table of Contents
- 1 Picking A Spot
- 2 Soil Requirements
- 3 Recommended Planters or Pots
- 4 Growing Dill Outdoors
- 5 Growing Dill in Containers
- 6 Harvesting Dill
- 7 Companion Planting
- 8 Frequently Asked Questions?
- 9 Should I soak dill seeds before planting?
- 10 Does dill plant spread?
- 11 Can you grow dill from a cutting?
- 12 Why does my dill keep dying?
- 13 How often do you water dill?
- 14 Does dill come back every year?
- 15 How long does a dill plant last?
- 16 How do you pick dill without killing plants?
Picking A Spot
Pick a spot in your yard that gets at least 8 hours of sunlight daily. Dill loves full sun.
When growing dill use a soil like sandy loam soil. Dill requires soil that is rich in organic matter and with good drainage. A soil that I use for all my herb gardening projects is the FoxFarm soil.
The soil must be a bit acidic to neutral, with a pH level of between 5.0 – 7.0. The soil should be a minimum temperature of around 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.33 °C).
Dill is best to sow from seed about 4 weeks after the last frost, or between the months of May to June. But if it’s still early spring, you can place them under a grow light. Once you’re ready, you will want to sow the seeds into the soil.
Stick them into the soil about 1/4 inch (10.16 cm) deep and about 15-20 inches (50.8 cm) apart. Dill needs minimal light to germinate. Seedlings should start to show up in about 15 days.
Recommended Planters or Pots
I find that these planters work very well when growing Dill. You can purchase all of these products on Amazon.
If you are looking for a small kitchen windowsill growing set, get the Saratoga Home Herb Pots with Tray Set.
If you are receiving very little sunlight in your home then I would use the Mindful Design LED Indoor Herb Garden.
I personally use the Classic Garden Planters for my dill plants. These planters are big enough for all herbs, and they even have drainage holes on the bottom, making them great for indoor and outdoor use.
Growing Dill Outdoors
Dill is a herb that is very easy to grow. It will reach it’s full maturity in about 5-6 weeks. Both the seeds and leaves are very savory. Dill is not a good choice for indoors because it forms a deep tap root. Dill thrives outdoor.
Water the plant regularly during the season, making sure that the soil does not dry out.
Continue to sow seeds every 3 weeks to ensure a continuous supply of dill. Start to harvest the savory leaves once plant reaches approximately 7 inches (17.78 cm) in height.
To achieve a longer harvest, try not make the dill plant flower. If the dill plant starts to flower and seeds, there is a possibility that it can grow back come spring.
Dill will usually start to sprout in May and blooms by the end of June.
Growing Dill in Containers
Growing dill in containers or pots is a little challenging because this plant forms a big tap root.
Make sure that your pot, planters or containers have holes in the bottom.
I would recommend a deep pot, planter or container to provide sufficient space for the tall plant. Use a sandy loam soil or a potting compost. Water regularly when the soil is dry.
If you decide to have the plant indoors, make sure you find a spot that achieves a minimum of 5 hours of full sun each day.
Start to harvest the savory leaves once plant reaches approximately 7 inches (17.78 cm) in height. You can either cut the leaves off with scissors or you can just pinch them off. I like to use it fresh or freeze it in plastic bags for the winter.
The dill plant will mature approximately 90 days outdoors from seeds. Wait for the flowers to start blooming. About 2.5 weeks after the bloom, the seed heads will begin to turn brown.
When the seeds turn brown, they are ripe. You can now cut the seed heads open.
You can use the dill seeds fresh or dried. Cut the whole stalk for pickling.
Dill makes a great companion plant to cucumbers, onions, lettuce and corn. It keeps cabbage healthy.
Poor companions are tomatoes or carrots, angelica, bell peppers, eggplant, lavender, fennel, potatoes and caraway. Dill repels aphids and spider mites. This plant is a natural pest repellent.
Frequently Asked Questions?
Should I soak dill seeds before planting?
If you want to get your dill up and growing quickly, you can soak the seeds in warm water overnight.
Does dill plant spread?
Make sure you pick a good spot for your dill, because the plant will spread. Dill can take over your garden.
Can you grow dill from a cutting?
Yes you can grow dill from cuttings. This plant roots very quick from cuttings. Once the dill roots you can transplant them into pots or planters. This process can take up to 3 weeks.
Why does my dill keep dying?
The dill plant will eventually start to die once colder weather arrives, and the season is over.
If you notice your leaves turning yellow during the season, this most commonly caused by your plant not receiving it’s recommended daily requirements of sun.
It is important that the dill plant receives 7-8 hours of direct sun daily to prevent the leaves from turning yellow.
Do not overwater. Water dill once a week, and use well draining soil and pots.
How often do you water dill?
Dill needs to be watered once a week or when the soil looks and feels dry. If you’re using pots, you will need to water your dill more often.
Does dill come back every year?
The dill plant will continue to come back every year if you allow it to seed. Dill is self seeding.
How long does a dill plant last?
I like refrigerate the leaves and seeds of dill, they can be stored in bags or containers and last up to 3 months.
How do you pick dill without killing plants?
When your dill is around 7-8 weeks old and your dill has many leaves, you can cut them off close to the stem or node. Be careful not to harm the stalk.
So in this article we have covered the easiest methods of growing, caring, harvesting and storing your own dill. Hope you enjoyed this dill grow guide. Make sure to check out our herb blogs below.