Dill
Anethum graveolens


Dill is an easy to grow herb that requires about 6 hours of sunlight a day. Often when we think of dill, the first thing that comes to mind is pickles. However, its fresh taste makes it perfect for a variety of dishes including fish, soups and salads.

Plan lots of space for your Dill plants as they can grow to be 3 feet tall. The dill plant originated in southern Europe and western Asia. As far back as the ancient Greeks, dill represented a sign of wealth and the richest citizens of Greece often burned oil from its seeds to create a savory, aromatic scent. Dill is adaptable to various growing conditions, it lcan be grown in a variety of ways. Dill seeds can be sewn directly into garden soil, in raised herb beds or in pots and containers for patio or windowsill gardening.

Pests or Problems Horn Worms –

brightly colored bluish-green caterpillar that grows very large, up to 4 inches long and feeds on dill leaves. This is the same variety of pest that is often found on tomatoes. Remove hornworms from dill by hand allowing pest control that is natural and does not harm the environment.

Parsley Worms – bright green caterpillar or butterfly larvae that feed on dill leaves. Since dill grows quickly though, these can be picked off by hand and placed on other plants, which allows control without use of pesticides.

Alternaria Blight – Dill can be affected by this seed-borne disease, which transmits the Alternaria fungus affecting the entire plant. The fungus becomes active during the germination process of the dill seed and spreads throughout the entire plant causing leaves to become discolored and drop from the plant.

Aster Yellows – Entire dill crops can be destroyed by this disease, which is caused by phytoplasma and transmitted by pests such as aphids that hop from plant to plant. It destroys the chloroform in the leaves and causes deterioration stopping development of dill seeds.

Season of Bloom
Summer with 6-8 hours of sunlight
Height
up to 3 feet
Flower Color
Yellow flower head
Soil
well drained.
Exposure
full Sun 6-8 hours.
Propagation
Can be sown directly into soil in the spring. Does not transplant well.