Dill Growing Guide

Anethum graveolens


Crop Rotation Group

Umbelliferae (Carrot and root family) 


Average, well drained soil amended with compost.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Seedlings may need protection from light frosts. Cannot tolerate hard freezes.


Drench with a liquid organic fertilizer when plants are 4 inches tall.


Single Plants: 7" (20cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5" (15cm) with 9" (25cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start seeds indoors in individual containers, or sow seeds outdoors half an inch deep and 2 inches apart. Gradually thin seedlings to proper spacing, and eat your thinnings. Older seedlings are difficult to transplant successfully.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Young dill leaves are the herb known as dill weed. Dill flowers and seeds are used in making breads and pickles.


Gather and dry leaves when plants are 10 inches tall. Use a paper bag to harvest seeds when they change from green to tan and fall freely from their umbels.


Large plants may be blown over by gusty storms. Stake if necessary.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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