Growing Dill

Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Dill


Dill is an annual, self-seeding plant with feathery green leaves. It is used most commonly in soups and stews and for pickling. Dill weed is easy to grow and attracts beneficial insects such as wasps and other predatory insects to your garden.

If you’re planting dill for pickling, plant every few weeks into midsummer to ensure a constant supply!

To create a permanent dill weed patch, allow some of the seeds to self-sow each year—you’ll have plenty of early dill to start the season.


  • Sow dill seeds about ¼-inch deep and 18 inches apart in rich soil, then gently rake the seeds into the soil. The soil should be between 60 and 70ºF for best results.
  • Dill weed does not grow well when transplanted, so start the seeds fresh in the garden in early summer. Make sure to shelter the plants from strong winds.
  • After 10 to 14 days, the plants should appear in the soil. Wait another 10 to 14 days, then thin the plants to about 12 to 18 inches apart.
  • In your garden, plant dill next to cabbage or onions, but keep it away from carrots.


  • Water the plants freely during the growing season.
  • In order to ensure a season-long fresh supply of dill, continue sowing seeds every few weeks. For an extended harvest, do not allow flowers to grow on the plants.
  • If the soil remains undisturbed throughout the growing season, more dill plants will grow the next season.


  • Leaf spot and occasionally a few other types of fungal leaf and root diseases


  • As soon as the plant has four to five leaves, you can start harvesting. Pinch off the leaves or cut them off with scissors.
  • If you have a lot of plants, you can pinch off entire stalks.

Recommended Varieties

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For sweeter breath, chew dill seeds.

For pickling, grow your own cucumbers!


Cooking Notes

Many people love to make dill pickles with their fresh dill. Learn how with our tips and recipes for dill pickles or our video on making dill pickles. You can also add dill as a seasoning in countless recipes.

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Growing Dill

Botanical Name Anethum graveolens
Plant Type Herb
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Loamy
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