Dill is part of the Anethum genus. Its scientific name is Anethum graveolens.
Dill is a popular herb annual to grow, and is a great choice for beginner gardeners as it can tolerate most growing conditions well. It’s tall, wispy foliage can be a pretty addition to garden beds. Both the seeds and foliage is edible, with the leaves commonly added to provide an aniseed flavour to fish and meat dishes and its bitter seeds used for flavoring pickles. Is a great candidate for container growing.Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 12.0 cm (4.68 inches imperial) and produce a dilly fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours: Yellow. Leaves appear approximately as a Ao green colour. Dill is an edible herb annual, it will last but a year in its native climate. Dill is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 80.0 cm (2.60 feet). This plant tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer. Try planting Dill if you'd like to attract butterflies, bees, and birds to your garden. Popular varieties of Dill with home gardeners are Fernleaf, Bouquet, Mammoth, Dukat, and Long Island Mammoth.
Switzerland is believed to be where Dill originates from.
Dill is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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- Sow in spring to mid summer in batches to ensure a constant supply throughout the summer.
- As dill has an extensive root system, it doesn’t tend to need constant watering.
Prefers a sunny, sheltered situation. Dill needs a rich well drained soil and should be planted in situ as it does not transplant well. Ensure the earth is dug enough to allow growth of the tap root – a spade length at the minimum is a good guideline.
To harvest, simply pick off the leaves as required and leave the rest of the plant to continue growing. On average, dill is ready for harvest around 8 weeks after sowing when around 75cm high.
Dill seeds can be harvested when the lower part of a seed cluster is ripe.
Harvest leaves just as the flowers open. For seeds, hang clusters in warm, dry place with a tray beneath to catch seeds.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Dill so consider planting:
It is a good idea to plant dill near roses as it attracts insects whose larvae feed on aphids. Also, dill planted near marigolds provide a magic splash of colour.
Some good companions for dill include: Broccoli, cabbages, asparagus, cucumber, lettuce, roses, marigold.
These plants will not grow well with Dill so avoid planting these within close proximity:
Do not plant near fennel, however, as dill and fennel cross-pollinate.
Bad: Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, fennel.
Dill hates Fennel
Dill and fennel can cross pollinate.
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Dill plants:
Dill derives from the Old Norse word dilla meaning soothe, calm or lull. This may refer to it’s ability to treat colic.2
- Considered by the Romans to be a sign of luck and by the ancient Greeks a sign of wealth, dill was also used by the ancients as protection against witchcraft and as a love potion ingredient.
- Should an evil witch appear on the scene, pour them a cup of dill tea, which is said to rob them of their will to harm.
- It was believed that the dried seed heads hung in the home, over doorways, and above cradles symbolized love and provided protection.
- Infuse it in wine and passion is enhanced.1
*Can be taken to reduce flatulence.23
Dillby, Shepu, Sowa
10 Dec 2011
Dormant for the Winter. Watch out for sneaky caterpillars next year.
21 Jun 2011
Grow your own ladybug hatchery instead of buying ladybugs- plant this plant!
04 Jun 2011
Rapid grower, 2 to 3 feet @maturity. Many aromatic ‘bouquets’ of flowers become yummy dillseeds. Very tasty fineleafed foliage. Repels pest bugs and attracts good bugs. Good cold and coldsore remedy.