Dill is one of my favorite herbs fresh from the garden. It’s so easy to snip a few leaves and add fresh dill flavor to dips, sauces, fish, and roasted vegetables. Dill is simple to grow and the flavor of fresh dill is reason enough to add this herb to your garden.
Learn how to grow dill outside, inside, and in containers with these 5 tips.
5 Tips for How to Grow Dill
1. Plant dill at the right time
2. Plant dill correctly
Dill has a long taproot and does best planted from seeds. Dill grown from transplant often bolts more quickly than dill grown from seed. If you plant transplants, choose young transplants and handle roots very carefully.
Plant dill seeds 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch deep. Thin seedlings to 4 inches apart. Keep soil moist until the seeds sprout.
Dill prefers rich, loose soil and full sun.
3. Care for dill correctly
- Let top inch of soil dry out between waterings.
- Keep flowers cut back to encourage leaf production and keep seed-heads from forming.
How to grow dill in containers:
- Dill has a long taproot and does best in containers at least 8 inches deep.
- Dill does not require supplemental feeding.
How to grow dill indoors:
Plant dill seeds directly in an unglazed terra cotta pot at least 8 inches deep.
Water dill only when top inch or so of soil is dry.
Provide supplemental lighting for dill for 10-11 hours with the lights about 6 inches away from the plant.
Ideal indoor temperature for dill: 60°F-80°F.
- Does not require supplemental feeding.
4. Harvest dill often
Dill leaves are ready to harvest 40-60 days after planting from seed. Dill seeds are ready after 85-115 days.
Begin harvesting leaves once the plant has 4-5 leaves.
Seeds have best flavor if harvested just as they turn from green to brown. Harvest seeds by cutting the stalks at the base and storing them upside down in a paper sack. Seeds will fall into the bottom of the sack.
Harvest seed heads before seeds form if you do not dill to reseed in your garden.
5. Use dill to attract beneficial insects to your garden
Allow a few plants to go to flower; dill flowers attract many beneficial insects. Butterflies, ladybugs, bees, and other pollinators are attracted to dill blooms.