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Delicate dill plants are simple to grow.

There are many reasons to grow dill at home. As well a providing delicious feathery leaves for fish dishes, dill produces delicate flowers which are much-loved by pollinators and beneficial insects. Although an annual herb, if allowed to self-seed you'll enjoy new plants each year.
Growing calendar
Sow outdoors Apr - Jul
Harvest Jun - Sep

How to grow dill

Regularly sow dill seed 0.1cm deep in rows, thinning seedings to 25cm apart. Choose moist fertile soil in a sunny site.

Water in dry weather to help avoid plants flowering prematurely ('bolting'). Feed in the summer. Don't plant dill near fennel as they may cross-pollinate which means the offspring lose the distinct flavour if you grow from seeds you've saved yourself.

Harvesting and using dill

Pick young leaves for use fresh or for drying, cutting back taller plants to 30cm tall. Gather aromatic seeds as they ripen in summer (seedheads turn brown)

Tips on growing dill

  • Dill plants dislike being transplanted
Growing notes
Difficulty Easy
Germination time 7-21 days
Average time to harvest From 8 weeks
Equipment needed Organic plant feed
Average plant size Up to 150cm tall, 30cm wide
Family group to grow with Apiaceae: coriander, parsley
Seed saving notes Annual, can cross-pollinate
Key nutritional content Vitamins A and C, calcium and iron