Organic Dill Seeds


Growing dill is easy and is one of the herbs beginners start with. It is nice to have it at arm’s length when cooking as adding freshness to different dishes is quite important. Our organic dill is a great herb for soups, dips, pickles, fish, dilly beans, and stews. The plant produces a large ... show more


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Growing dill is easy and is one of the herbs beginners start with. It is nice to have it at arm’s length when cooking as adding freshness to different dishes is quite important. Our organic dill is a great herb for soups, dips, pickles, fish, dilly beans, and stews. The plant produces a large number of leaves over a long harvest window. It is excellent for urban gardeners and home growers, and for planting in containers. Even growing some in balcony herb gardens is popular. The plant is easy to sow and easy to take care of.

Dill is exceptionally attractive to beneficial insects like parasitoid wasps and ladybird beetles. The more you can plant, the better your natural pest control will be.

Preparation for planting

Before you start pick a sunny spot in your garden, which gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. If you plant dill in a shadier area it will still grow but may become not thick enough and weaker.

Prepare the planting area by adding compost or aged manure to the soil and working it in well. Dill will not require a lot of room as it grows tall, although putting the seeds densely may also make the plants compete for sun and nutrients. Our dill seeds are perfect for container but its size must be more than 10 liters (2.5 gallons).

Dill is also self-sowing. It will release a lot of seeds if you do not pluck the flower out on time. The risk is that you will have a dense area of plants next year. This may not be so good as you need to control the density or most of the plants will be weak from competing against each other.

How to plant

Dill tends to bolt if transplanted, so it is best to sow them directly. Planting organic dill seeds is easy. Wait for the risk of frost to pass. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 15-21°C (60-70°F). Seeds should germinate in 10-21 days. Once you have selected a sunny spot, you just need to follow a few simple steps.

  1. Make small shallow holes – 0.5 cm (1/4 inch) deep every 5-10 cm (2-4 inch) apart
  2. Put one seed in each hole and cover it with soil or compost.
  3. Water the location to make the soil moist enough.

You can expect the seedlings to appear in 1-2 weeks with the right outside temperature.

Caring for the plant

Dill is one of the most maintenance-free plants you are going to find. This type of plant does not need a lot of water. Water it only when the soil gets almost dry to touch. Do not let the soil dry completely and crack. That is bad for the plant although dill can withstand short periods of drought. It has very long roots, so once the individual plant is established, you do not have to worry about regular watering chores. Do give your plants a drink if you have a stretch of dry weather though. Over-watering is also bad. The leaves will turn yellow if you do that. Remember to stop any overhead watering once plants are 60 cm (2 feet) tall to prevent issues with mildew forming on the leaves.

You can thin the seedlings when they become 20 cm (8 inches) tall so they have enough room to grow. You should trim the top of the plants once they reach 20 cm (8 inches). This way dill will become bushier and produce more mass, giving you more leaves to harvest. It will also prevent its weight from breaking the stem.

Dill does not compete with other plants well, particularly within the first month or so. Keep the area well weeded. Even with established plants, you want to keep the weeds to a minimum. Your dill can survive but the aromatic oil production in the leaves will be reduced if the plant has to compete with weeds for water.

Look for caterpillars as they love dill. Just remove them by hand and you are good to go.

When the dill is indoors

Potted dill will need more attention than the dill planted outdoors. Water it at least once a week and give it a light feeding of organic fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season. When your dill is in container, it is important to keep the soil moist during this entire time.

Harvesting

You can start to snip off dill leaves after the first few weeks of growth, but your harvest of seed will have to wait until the plants have flowered. If the soil is not too compacted, you may pull the seedlings with their roots when harvesting by hand. That is why you may want to use scissors to snip some of the dill leaves when you need to harvest them.

Do not let the seedlings to bloom as it will take a lot of energy from the plant. Pinch off all the flowers once you see them. 

You rarely need to fertilize it but if you do, use small quantities of organic fertilizer so you don't burn the plants.

Storing your harvest

Fresh dill weed can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks and still maintain its full flavor. Both the seeds and the leaves can be dried and stored for many months in an air-tight container or in a jar. One benefit of having fresh dill is that you can freeze it in a plastic bag or even better - in a jar. You can use it in the winter as it will preserve most of its aroma.

Companion planting

Dill improves the health of cabbages and other Brassicas and is a very good companion for corn, cucumbers, lettuce, and onions. Dill is a good neighbor and a useful plant, valued for its ability to draw ladybugs, lacewings, and the parasitoid wasps that feed on garden caterpillars. At the same time, it repels aphids, cabbage loopers, and spider mites.

Professional gardeners warn against planting dill next to carrots. That is because the two are actually members of the same plant family and can easily cross-pollinate. Dill may also stunt the growth of nearby carrots. There are different opinions and results when it comes to planting dill near tomatoes so we suggest avoiding this combination. Young dill plants attract pollinators, repel certain tomato enemies, and tend to benefit tomato health and growth. However, many gardeners have observed that when mature, dill plants stunt the growth of tomato plants. Dill is also a poor companion when it comes to peppers, lavender, cilantro, eggplant, and potatoes.


Planting guide

  • Planting seasondirect sow May to August
  • Number of seeds1 seed in each spot
  • Depth0.5 cm (1/4 inch) deep
  • Days to maturity45 days
  • Row spacing30 cm (11 inch) apart
  • In-row spacing5-10 cm (2-4 inch) apart
  • Sunlight6 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Wateringwhen the soil gets almost dry (outdoors)
  • Harvesting12 weeks after sprouting the seeds

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