Dill is a herbaceous plant that can be used in cooking. It has small, bright yellow flowers and feathery foliage. It’s one of the easiest herbs to grow from seed, which makes it ideal for beginners. You can use dill to flavor your favorite dishes such as potatoes, beans, and many more!
Let’s find out when you should plant dills.
When To Plant Dills?
There are three times of the year when you can plant dill: spring, summer, and fall.
Dill is a biennial herb, which means it does not produce seeds until its second year of growth. It should be planted in the spring so that it has time to grow over the summer and produce flowers before winter sets in. If you live in an area with mild winters where freezing temperatures don’t last long, then you can transplant your dill into pots or outdoors after its first year (just remember that it will bolt quickly).
For colder climates where frosty weather is more common at different times of the year, try planting your dills outside once there’s no longer any danger of frost returning for another week or two at least so that they have time to mature before winter sets in.
Where Is The Best Place To Plant Dills?
Dill is a cool season crop, so it grows best in full sun. If you’re planting dill in containers or raised beds, make sure that the containers get plenty of sunlight and/or the bed gets an afternoon dose of sun. Dill grows well in partial shade but won’t produce as many flowers if it doesn’t get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day.
If you’re growing dill from seedlings or transplants instead of seeds (which I recommend), then they’ll need to be planted relatively close together: 8-12 inches apart for most species and 16+ inches apart for dwarf varieties will give them enough room to grow without crowding each other out.
What Is The Best Month To Plant Dills?
In the most popular regions of the country, dill is best planted in April, June, and July. For those who live in more northern climes, planting should occur from October through November.
If you live in an area where temperatures remain above freezing for the majority of winter (or if you’re a greenhouse gardener), plant dill seeds indoors about six weeks before your last frost date and transplant them outdoors after the danger of frost has passed.
You can also wait until December to plant dill seeds so that they will germinate during winter when soil temperatures are cooler than normal; this will give them an extra boost as they become established.
How Long Do Dills Take To Grow?
Dill seeds take about 10 days to germinate and then grow to about a foot tall. If you want to harvest dill seeds, you can do so in about 70 days after planting the seeds.
Dill can be planted any time of the year except for winter. If you’re growing dills indoors, you can then grow them year-round. It’s important that you give them enough sunlight and water so that they will grow.