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How to Grow Dill

Growing dill in Gardens and Allotments

Latin Name Anethum graveolens
Type of Plant Hardy Annual
Suitable for Containers, Garden Beds, Allotments

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Plant Dimensions

Height up to 75cm/30" - spread 20cm/8"

Where to Sow

Outdoors directly in the ground or in pots in a  sunny position. 

Sowing time

March/April - temperature   +16C/61F. 

How to Sow

Containers:  Sow thinly in 7.5cm/3"pots pressing into the surface of the compost: 

Open Ground:  2.5cm/1-inch apart. Press into soil surface.

After Germination

Keep moist.

Growing on -  in Pots

When 7.5cm/3-inches tall, thin to 3 plants per 7.5cm/3" pot.


When 20cm/8" tall pot up individually into 15cm/6"pots or 3 to a 30cm/12" pot or container. Provide cane supports during the growing season as the plants get taller.

Growing on - in open ground

When 7.55cm/3-inches tall, thin to 30cm/12-inches apart.

Stake tall plants during the growing season


Pick leaves just before the flowers open. Harvest seeds when they are flat and brown.

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to Cabbage



The leaves are great sprinkled on news potatoes, tomatoes, grilled salmon, spinach, green beans, cucumbers and squash. Use the seeds for pickling.

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