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. It has slender hollow stems and alternate, finely divided, softly delicate leaves that look quite similar to fennel4.
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
Dill is a flowering 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 60.0 cm (1.95 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.
Greece 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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Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Zone 8 to 14 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Dill needs a sandy soil with a ph of 5.5 to 6.5 (weakly acidic soil). Keep in mind when planting that Dill is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.
See our list of companion Plants for Dill to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Prefers a sunny, sheltered situation. Dill needs a rich well drained soil and should be planted in situ as it does not transplant well – if you must start them indoors, use a peat pot or some alternative that will not disturb the roots when transplanting. Ensure the earth is dug enough to allow growth of the tap root – a spade length at the minimum is a good guideline.Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Dill is a hardy plant.
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 is best when used fresh as it loses its flavor rapidly if dried; however, freeze-dried dill leaves retain their flavor relatively well for a few months4.
Dill seeds can be harvested when the lower part of a seed cluster is ripe – ie, when they start to turn brown. Harvest leaves just as the flowers open. For seeds, hang clusters in warm, dry place with a tray beneath to catch seeds. A single plant will produce hundreds of seeds.
Seed viability is three years.
These estimates for how long Dill takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 9 days | Min 2 days | Max 26 days (346)
Average 24 days | Min 3 days | Max 44 days (32)
Average 63 days | Min 22 days | Max 152 days (29)
Dill is a germanic word whose origin is unknown4.
Dillby, Shepu, Sowa
JAP about growing anethum grveolens Dill
Fast grower, lovely flavor in both the leaves and seeds. Great for pickles. Attracts many butterflies.
Bojickwoman about growing dill bouquet