Gardening

How to plant dill

Anethum graveolens

Dill, also known as dill, is a herb very similar in appearance to fennel or fennel, but with a different flavor and aroma. Some cultivars are more suitable for harvesting their leaves and others more suitable for harvesting their seeds. Both its leaves and seeds are used as a condiment in various types of recipes. Dill is also used for medicinal purposes.

Climate

Although it can be grown over a wide temperature range, dill or dill is usually grown in regions with a subtropical or temperate climate. At high temperatures the plant can flower early and have a lower essential oil content. The ideal temperature range for cultivation is 6 ° C to 26 ° C.

Winds harm plants, so the location chosen for planting must be well protected from the wind.

Brightness

The dill needs direct sunlight for at least a few hours daily.

Ground

Cultivate in well-drained, deep, fertile soil rich in organic matter. The ideal soil pH ranges from 5.5 to 6.5.

Irrigation

Irrigate to keep the soil moist, but not soaked. Warm weather and dry soil induce the plant to flower early.

Planting

The seeds should preferably be sown in the final location, as the roots of the dill or dill seedlings can be easily damaged in the transplant. If sown in seed, seedlings should be transplanted as soon as they can be handled. The seeds should be 0.5 to 1 cm deep in the soil.

The spacing can be 15 to 60 cm between the planting lines and 10 to 15 cm between the plants. Plants can reach a height of 30 cm to 1.2 m, or even more. Smaller cultivars can be grown in medium or large pots.

Dill or dill should not be grown near fennel or fennel, as these two species interbreed easily, and the resulting plants do not have a good quality of flavor and aroma.

Cultivation

Remove invasive plants that are competing for nutrients and resources.

Harvest

Leaf harvesting can begin approximately one or two months after planting. Leaves can be harvested when necessary or the entire plant can be cut, but leaving at least 10 cm of the plant stem so that the plant can sprout. Harvesting the individual leaves can be done until flowering, but harvesting the leaves can hinder seed production. If the goal is to harvest seeds, the ideal is that the leaves are not harvested, or that they are harvested sparingly and sparingly. The seeds are harvested when the fruits start to turn brown.

The leaves can be left to dry in a cool, shaded place, but fresh leaves are considered to be tastier.

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