An attractive annual 60cm – 150 cm (2 – 5 feet) high with fine feathery aniseed flavoured leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean and Southern Russia. Pale yellow flowerheads form oval flat seeds in the late summer and autumn.
Favourite Growing Conditions
Enjoys full sun, a fine tilth soil with moisture-holding organic matter and good drainage. Prefers damp soil and needs a sheltered position. If kept trimmed it will grow in pots on a sunny windowsill.
Dill is raised only from seed which should be sown directly where it is to grow. Sow 12mm (1/2 inch) deep about 30cm (12 inches) apart. Germination takes 10-14 days. Grow in clumps 30cm (12 inches) apart. Growing takes around 30 days and 60 days for the seeds to appear.
Protect from wind and water if too dry. Plant may (bolt) go to seed very quickly in hot weather.
Young leaves should be cut before flowers appear for peak flavour. Seeds ripen in autumn and can be collected as soon as the first few fall. Snip off the heads and spread them out on a tray in the sun for a few days. When completely dry the seeds shake out from the seed heads easily.
Store seeds in an air-tight container, sow within three years for best results. Leaves can be used fresh or dried or frozen.