Common Name:Dill, Dill Weed
Bloom Period/Days to HarvestYou can harvest leaves at any time. Dill generally blooms about 8 weeks after sowing. Once the flowers develop, the plants stop producing foliage.
- Leaves: Multi-branched with lacy, blue-green foliage. "Dill weed" refers to the foliage as an herb.
- Flowers: Chartreuse rounded, compound umbels that can be upwards of 3" across.
Seeds should be harvested as they begin to turn brown. Keep a close watch, or they’ll disperse on their own.
Pests & Problems:Dill is virtually problem free. In fact, it attracts beneficial insects. Lacewings and syrphid fly adults will feed on the pollen and lay their eggs nearby. Their larvae feed on aphids.
- 'Dukat' - A standard that is popular for its abundant leaves.
- 'Fernleaf' - A dwarf variety (18")that’s nice for containers. AAS Winner.
- 'Long Island Mammoth' - The most commonly grown commercially. Good for both seeds and leaves.
- 'Mammoth' - Tall plant (36") with very attractive, finely cut leaves.
Planting: Direct sow seeds about the time of your last expected frost date. Plant about 1/4 inch deep. You will probably need to thin your plants, once they reach about 6-8" high. You can always eat the thinnings.
Dill can be started indoors, about 4 - 6 weeks prior to planting outdoors. Don’t wait too long to transplant, since dill has a tap root and will be unhappy in a small pot.
To keep dill producing all summer, you can succession plant every 2 weeks.
Containers and Inter-PlantingDwarf varieties of dill grow well in containers and the feathery foliage can be quite ornamental. It is also a nice plant to include in your flower beds, since it attracts beneficial insects and butterflies. Just be sure to keep the self-sowing in check.
MaintenanceIf your garden soil is rich in organic matter, your dill should require no additional fertilizer. Keeping the soil slightly lean will produce more aromatic plants.
Because dill has a tap root, it should only require extra water while it is first planted and during hot, dry weather.
Dill responds well to pinching out the growing tip. Pinching will make for a bushier plant, so pinch and use your dill often.