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Anethum graveolens

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.

Popular varieties of Dill with home gardeners are Bouquet, Fernleaf, Mammoth, Long Island Mammoth and Dukat.

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.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Dill have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Dill

  • Full Sun

  • Low

  • 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.

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.

Growing Dill from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.30 feet (40.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm).

Transplanting Dill

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.

Harvesting Dill

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.

Seed Saving Dill

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.

How long does Dill take to grow?

These estimates for how long Dill takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!

Days to Germination How long does it take Dill to germinate?
9 days

Average 9 days | Min 2 days | Max 26 days (346)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Dill?
+ 24 days

Average 24 days | Min 3 days | Max 44 days (32)

Days to Maturity How long until Dill is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 63 days

Average 63 days | Min 22 days | Max 152 days (29)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Dill?
= 96 days

Dill Etymology

Dill is a germanic word whose origin is unknown4.

Dill Folklore & Trivia

  • 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.
  • Dill has been mentioned in ancient Egyptian medical works
  • 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

Other names for Dill

Dillby, Shepu, Sowa

Latest Dill Reviews

  • Died.

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    JAP about growing anethum grveolens Dill
  • Fast grower, lovely flavor in both the leaves and seeds. Great for pickles. Attracts many butterflies.

    5 stars

    Bojickwoman about growing dill bouquet
  • Dormant for the Winter. Watch out for sneaky caterpillars next year.

    5 stars

    Morrigan about growing Dill

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