Sowing Guide

How to Sow Giant Dill Seeds

How to Sow Giant Dill Seeds

Giant Dill, an upright annual, is notable for its fine, delicate aromatic blue-green leaves and clusters of tiny yellow flowers that bloom through summer. It is a versatile plant, prized for its leaves and seeds. The fresh leaves enhance dishes like fish, eggs, and potatoes, while the seeds are ideal for pickling, vinaigrettes, and marinades. In its second year, Dill can also serve as a cut flower or provide scented foliage, with all parts of the plant being aromatic and edible. Additionally, as an ornamental plant, it beautifies vegetable gardens and flower beds and attracts beneficial insects.

Germination and Growth Information:

  • Germination Period: Approximately 14-21 days.
  • Germination Temperature: 60-70°F (15-21°C).
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring to Summer.

Growing Dill from Seeds:

  • Sowing Time: Sow outdoors once the risk of frost is over, typically in Spring and Summer.
  • Seed Depth: Light is required for germination. Sow seeds just beneath the surface, about 1/16 to 1/8 inches deep.
  • Location & Spacing: Choose a well-drained location with full sun, protected from strong winds. Space plants about 6 inches apart. When plants reach 2 inches, thin them out, keeping the stronger seedlings.
  • Harvesting: Continuously harvest leaves. For seeds, wait until they start to ripen. Optimal leaf picking time is on a dry summer day. Hang harvested seeds in a cool, well-ventilated room to dry. Once dry, gently rub the seeds and store in airtight containers. Leaves can be frozen for later use.

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