How To Grow Dill

How To Grow Dill

Dill leaves are very aromatic and can be used to flavour a wide range of foods, particularly fish and pickles. Once it is dried out it quickly begins to lose flavour, so it is best used fresh.  

Perennial edible herb

Site and Soil
Soil with organic matter, sun or partial shade

Plant to Harvest Time
Two months

Where To Grow Dill

For best results use poor soil that is well drained and plant in direct sunlight.

Propagating Dill

Make shallow furrows in tilled soil to sow the seeds in. Water well without soaking the soil. Use some decent quality organic compost or manure.

Care of Dill

If in a windy area support your dill plant with a stick, and always water well particularly in warmer weather.  Dill is quite a strong plant and doesn't have much pest or disease problems.


Leaves be harvested once the plant is fairly established. Experts recommend not harvesting any more than 1/3 of the plant at one time.

If you plan on growing dill for its seeds, harvest seeds around mid-summer when the seed is ripe, carefully gather and cut the stalks. Quickly place the dill cuttings into a paper bag to limit seed loss. Let the seed heads dry completely and separate the stems and other debris from the dill seeds. Store your dill seeds in a paper envelope.