For indoor-grown pots of dill, harvest, and prune as needed to keep plant looking tidy but don’t remove more than 1/3 of the plant at a time. When dill is grown in pots outdoors it can be allowed to grow naturally or be kept pruned. An un-pruned dill plant will develop tiny yellow flowers that are filled with edible seeds.
Use well-drained, loamy potting soil when growing dill in pots. This hardy annual will tolerate poor soil, but it will grow better if you add a cup full of compost to the soil at planting time. And who doesn’t want to give their dill the best shot possible?
Feed plant once a month with water-soluble plant food during the spring and summer. I like Espoma’s organic plant food for a slow release option that’s easy to apply.
When growing in a pot in an outdoor location, wait until spring to plant the seed in a prepared pot. Keep soil moist, but not soaking wet during this early time.
When to Plant Dill
Dill is a top-heavy plant and tends to fall once it matures because of its weak and hollow stems. The pot will also need space for a support stake or trellis if you plan to allow the plant to grow un-pruned.
Learn how to grow dill in pots with these easy-to-follow guidelines.
Compost will keep the plant fed, promote drainage, and help prevent soil compaction.
What size pot is best?
Dill is an excellent choice for a container herbs garden for several reasons. Not only is it a beautiful and fragrant plant, but all parts of the plant are edible! True story. It’s also easy to grow, and it can be kept pruned to fit the space where it’s being grown.
If dill is being grown indoors in pots, then the seeds can be planted at any time of the year. Place one seed in prepared pot, moisten soil, cover top of container with plastic wrap, and place in a warm, bright location. When seed germinates, remove plastic wrap and keep soil moist.
This showy variety has bright yellow flowers. This variety can grow large, usually between 24 to 36 inches tall. Because of this, it is best grown outdoors. Just be sure to plant this variety after the danger of frost has passed.
USDA Zones: 3 to 11
4. Long Island Mammoth
Dill has feathery green fronds like a fern and has a sweet aroma like licorice and anise seeds. This popular kitchen herb is used both as a spice and herb. Harvest the fresh fronds to prepare salads, vegetables, sauces, meat, seafood, fish and curry dishes and use the seeds to flavor pickles, stews, sauerkraut, rice, and bread.
Type of Plant: Biennial, grown as an annual.