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growing dill weed from seed

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun

Starting
Dill seeds need some light to germinate. Sow seeds no more than 5mm (¼”) deep in rows 45cm (18″) apart. Thin the plants to stand at least 15cm (6″) apart.

Dill grows tall and produces lots of aromatic leaves. The umbels of yellow flowers attract numerous beneficial insects to the garden. Dill plants are attractive to ladybird beetles, which will lay their eggs on the stems. Continue reading below for some tricks on how to grow dill from seed.

Difficulty
Easy

Seed Info
Usual seed life: 3 years.

Growing dill plants and caring for dill plants is also very easy. Dill weed plants grow best in full sun. Other than this, dill will grow happily in both poor and rich soil or in damp or dry conditions.

One of the benefits of growing dill is that both the leaves and seeds of dill weed plants are edible.

Planting Dill Seed

Dill is a popular herb in the kitchen, flavoring everything from pickles to fish. Gourmets know that you can’t beat fresh dill for the flavor. The best way to have the very freshest dill possible is by growing dill in your own garden. Let’s look at how to grow dill.

The best way how to grow dill is directly from seeds rather than from a transplant. Planting dill seed is easy. Dill planting is simply done by scattering the seeds in the desired location after the last frost, then lightly cover the seeds with soil. Water the area thoroughly.

To harvest the dill leaves, regularly trim off the desired amount of leaves you need for cooking. If you wish to harvest dill seeds, allow the plant to grow without trimming until it goes into bloom. Once dill weed plants go into bloom, they’ll stop growing leaves, so make sure that you don’t harvest any leaves from that plant. The dill flower will fade and will develop the seed pods. When the seed pods have turned brown, cut the whole flower head off and place in a paper bag. Gently shake the bag. The seeds will fall out of the flower head and seed pods and you’ll be able to separate the seeds from the waste.

The plant usually grows up to 16 to 24 inches tall (40 cm to 60 cm). The stems are slender and hollow, while the feathery leaves are finely divided, soft, and delicate. Its leaves are generally 4 to 8 inches (10 cm to 20 cm) long and alternately arranged on the branches. Dill also produces flower umbels that range from white to yellow in color and appear during mid-summer.

Q: Does dill come back every year?

Planting Dill

Dill is frost-sensitive, and winter frost will kill dill plants. Even cool temperatures that drop near freezing in the fall are a risk. The plant cannot survive temperatures lower than 25° F.

Today, it is used worldwide in the kitchen. It is a rich source of vitamins, including vitamins C, B2, and B9.

Now that you know how to grow dill, you’ll realize it is a low-maintenance plant. However, a little love can go a long way. Here’s what you need to know about caring for dill plants.