How to Grow Dill – A Beginner’s Guide

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Dill, which are known botanically as  Anethum Graveolens, are a type of herbs that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing dill as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Dill

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the dill seeds  from mid-spring to mid-summer. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when dill are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Dill the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing dill in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your dill grow. Generally, your soil should be well drained, slightly acidic soil, rich in organic matter. Soil PH levels should be around 5.8 to 6.5.

36″ apart. 9″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about  .25″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your dill seedlings  thin plants to 9 inches apart when they are 2 inches tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Dill

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your dill. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your dill should be getting full sun, which means as much sunlight as you can possibly give it, or at least 6 hours or more.

How Much to Water Dill

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your dill do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your dill begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Dill to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your dill grow.

It takes approximately 7-14 days to germinate, and a total of 65-70 days from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Dill

The best time to harvest your dill is  before flowering begins.

Dill can grow up to about 3 to 5 ft. tall.

What Can Dill Be Used For?

Food Use: The leaves are popular for seasoning, and seed clusters used for pickling

Flavor Profile: Use fresh for a full dill taste.

Can Dill Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you will ideally need a 12″+ containerfor each plant. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your dill around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Dill Safe for Bees?

Yes, dill are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing dill is bee-friendly.

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