How to grow dill in your garden

Dill ( Anethum graveolens ), belongs to the botanical family of Umbelliferae that includes medicinal and aromatic plants such as caraway, anise, coriander and parsley. As well as horticultural plants such as fennel, celery and carrots. It is native to the Mediterranean basin.

Dill cultivation


In order to stimulate the germination of the seeds, try to keep them at a temperature between 16 and 20 ˚C. After two weeks they will start to sprout. It can be sown directly or in seedbeds. In areas with a temperate climate it is from March, but if the area is cold, opt for protected seedbeds or wait until April.


It is a species that can spoil if it has a lot of water. So it would be necessary to ensure that the soil does not become caked and drains well. In the pot you should have a layer of stones and then a layer of sand (4 cm), fill the rest of the pot with soil and organic matter, or a mixture of one part of worm castings with 5 parts of soil.


Dill is a plant that grows very well spontaneously in areas with hot climates.


It requires full sun exposure, preferably direct. For this, the plant should be located in a place where it can receive 4 to 6 hours of sun.


It is a species that prefers substrates with constant humidity. During the flowering season you should water more.


If dill seedlings are used, by the time the seedlings have taken out 4 cotyledons it can be transplanted to the pot or to the space of your garden.


During cultivation it can be susceptible to fungal diseases and attack by pests such as slugs and snails.


The most common way to propagate this plant is through seed. It is usually sown between March and April.


After 10 weeks of sowing the dill, it can be harvested. To do this, you must cut the leaves of the dill. If it is to be used as a remedy, it is recommended to harvest the leaves in bloom, since this is where most of the essential oil is concentrated. While the leaves and seeds are used for countless cooking recipes. Even the seeds can be saved for sowing the following year.

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