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have your herb garden- check out this ultimate guide to growing your dill from
Dill is by far one of the most famous members of the herbs. This absolute rock star of the
garden is recognized and cultivated worldwide. If you’ve ever been curious about growing dill
in your garden and are unsure how to start, let me be your guide to increasing dill from
Your first question might be, “can you grow dill from cuttings?” Well, the answer might surprise
you. Propagation, which reproduces a plant using a clipping from its stem,
is a viable option for many plants.
Dill is capable of being grown via propagation. However, just like carrots and beets, the dill
plant forms a tap root beneath the soil’s surface. As a result, this tap root can make
transplanting difficult. However, do not be discouraged; while transplanting can be tricky, it is by no
My best advice is to become familiar with this dill’s likes, dislikes, friends, and foes. When
you approach gardening with knowledge in your tool belt, you’re almost guaranteed to have a
show-stopper garden. So let’s take an in-depth look at how to start your dill from cuttings and
how to keep it happy and healthy all through its lifecycle.
Dill: Plant Profile
Intro to Dill
Dill (Antheum graveolens) is often called dill weed because it grows as quickly as a weed!
Originally native to the southeastern region of Europe, dill can now be cultivated worldwide.
Hardy to USDA zones 2 through 9, people far and wide can enjoy dill weed in their home
Dill is considered a self-seeding plant. Self-seeding means that a plant develops flowers at the
end of its life, which drops seeds and grows into future dill (this process is also
commonly known as bolting). This lifecycle continues on and on and on; you’ll very rarely find
yourself needing to re-plant your dill.
How to Grow Dill from Cuttings?
The key to growing a healthy dill plant from cuttings is choosing your cuttings wisely. As
previously mentioned, propagating dill is more complex than multiplying other herbs due to the
dill’s tap root. You should always select a new, healthy stem to clip off the main plant-
selecting older stems with yellow or brown leaves dramatically reduces the chance of survival.
After you’ve chosen your stem, go ahead and take a pair of scissors and trim the stem at an
angle. It would help if you cut right below the leaf node (the “fork” in the stem where the
leaves sprout from). Then, you’ll need to trim off the last two-thirds of leaves from the stem. If
you allow these leaves to sit in water, you increase the likelihood of your dill stem rotting
before roots form.
Any flowers or buds should be snipped off as well. Remember- our goal with propagating dill is
to allow the plant to focus its energy on developing roots. Otherwise, the presence of flowers
and buds will cause the plant to direct its energy towards the development of flowers, not the
Next, place the dill cuttings in a jar of water, making sure that the top leaves are above the rim
of the jar and have plenty of airflows. Again, it is essential to make sure no leaves are
touching the water. Keep your jar in a warm area of the home with indirect sunlight. Switch out
the water every one or two days to avoid bacteria contamination.
The amount of time it takes to see roots growing from the dill stem can vary, but it should be
no more than a few weeks until the dill is ready to be transplanted. Once you see roots
forming, you can take the necessary steps to transplant your dill weed.
Dill Growing Guide
When to Plant:
Whether you plan to transplant dill or start from a seed, you should wait until the spring when
all threats of frost have passed before you start planting. Of course, this exact time varies
from location to location. I would refer to your local weather forecast to determine when all
frost has cleared. Dill prefers to grow in cooler climates; while it is not ideal, it
can withstand temperatures as cold as 25° F.
Where to Plant:
Dill prefers a sunny location. Therefore, it would be best to give your dill plant total sun exposure daily, approximately 6 to 8 hours. In addition, it is crucial to plant your dill in an area that isn’t
exposed to strong winds. Dill weed is a fragile and hollow plant that a gust of wind could irreparably damage.
Soil and Fertilizer Preferences:
While dill does not require a fertilizer regimen, including organic compost in your soil mix will
give your dill enough nutrients to live a bountiful life.
Your dill plant should be kept moist at all times, but avoid saturating the soil with water. Over-
watering can potentially be deadly to your plant. On the contrary, you should avoid allowing the
soil to dry out completely, as this might cause premature flowering in your dill. Giving your dill
an adequate amount of water consistently not only feeds your plant but also cools it
enough to prevent bolting.
Choosing a Container:
Just like with all plants, selecting the right pot for your dill will make all the difference in how it
grows. The first and most important thing you need when choosing a container is
drainage. Having drainage holes in your plant pot is essential for your plant’s survival. A
lack of drainage causes excess water to build up in your pot, which leads to a myriad of
problems, most notably root rot. Conversely, when a planter has ample drainage holes, all excess water
can pass through the soil and out from the bottom.
Pests & Diseases:
When your dill plant begins to flourish, you may notice some caterpillars coming to munch on
your dill. Fear not- these caterpillars are not a threat to your plant, so treat them as a friend!
These black swallowtail caterpillars adore dill weed, and they’re only short-time
Dill is virtually free of predatory pests– as a matter of fact, they even attract beneficial insects to
your garden, which help protect other crops aside from dill. Some examples of these insects
include lacewings and syrphid flies. These insects are attracted to dill’s pollen and lay
eggs nearby. The larvae that hatch from these eggs feed off the infamous aphid, a
menace to many crops. It’s no doubt that introducing dill to your garden will be a heaven-sent
addition to your garden!
As for diseases, the dill weed is luckily free of diseases that specifically target dill. As previously
mentioned, dill (like many plants) is susceptible to root rot, a disease that starts at
the root. If you notice your dill plant begins to wilt and turn yellow, I recommend
gently pulling your plant out of its container and checking the sources. The most apparent signs of
root rot are brown, mushy roots. If you find this to be the case, the best remedy for root rot is
to clip off all signs of rot with a clean and sterile pair of scissors. After removing the corroded
roots, you should repot your dill in a clean planter with fresh soil to mitigate the risk of future
rot. I highly recommend adding a little extra perlite into your soil mix to encourage drainage
and prevent future tragedies of this nature.
When to Harvest:
Your dill plant can be harvested as soon as you see those trademark leaves growing. However,
you get maximum flavor when you pick dill and see the yellow flowers develop.
What Can I Do With a Mature Plant?
Now that you’ve successfully grown your dill plant, you might be wondering what to do
with all that dill !
Well, this is a subjective topic! But, of course, the most obvious answer is to use it in cooking.
Dill is an immensely flavorful herb that transforms any dish you use it in. I recommend
checking out recipes from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, whose cuisines feature dill weed
quite prominently. My favorite is using dill to season pickles, but you can add dill to
nearly anything- soups, salads, dips, dressings, etc.
In addition to the kitchen, dried dill’s wonderful aroma can be used in a spice potpourri to add
a fresh, herbaceous scent to your home. To dry out your herbs, place a thin layer of dill on a
baking tray and allow it to sit out in a dry, warm area for a few days. If you own a dehydrator, you
can also use it to cut time significantly; however, this is not a necessity.
Of course, now that you have this handy guide to growing dill, you’ll certainly be in a surplus of
it! However, the possibilities with dill are endless, so go ahead and experiment a little bit!
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