Greenhouse Gardening – How to Grow Dill?

Greenhouse Gardening – How to Grow Dill?

May 13, 2017

Enjoy looking at these tall-growing green blossoms that show clusters of bright yellow arrangements and thin fern-like, aromatic leaves. This herb rises from one to three feet tall depending on the type. It feels so satisfying to grow dill in your greenhouse. It just needs a little attention and is easy to grow from seeds.

Dill is an annual herb widely grown in Europe and Asia. Its seeds and leaves are used to flavor food. It is a good source of Vitamin A and has several health benefits, which includes its famed anti-inflammatory qualities and ability to improve digestive health. This simple guide to easily grow dill in your greenhouse will excite you even more!

How to start growing dill in a greenhouse

  • Sow dill seeds in about a quarter of an inch deep furrows that are at least 18 inches apart.
  • If you wish to plant dill in a container, choose one at least 12 inches deep because it grows with a penetrating taproot. Try these garden beds for your greenhouse!
  • Keep the spacing of 12 to 24 inches, depending on the width of your container.
  • Dill seedlings often emerge after about 15 days after planting.

Planted dill seedlings

  • Thinning lets the rest of the plant to grow more. It is better to thin them when they reach one to two feet or 15 days after they sprout.
  • Work the ground around the plant to remove weeds since the plant does poorly when smothered by weeds.

Dill know-how

  • Dill does not perform well when transplanted. So keeping it in containers or planters will be your best bet. Browse our planters collection to find the perfect supplies for your herbs!
  • It may be necessary to stake the plants to prevent the tall flower stems from falling over.
  • Dill is susceptible to gusts of the wind so pick a spot where your dill plants are shielded from an extreme airflow.
  • If you want a steady source of fresh dill, think about succession planting. Begin by sowing a few seeds at first, then several more every week or every couple of weeks.
  • It is not necessary to plant dill in rows. If you want them to self-sow, set them in bundles where the seeds can fall and germinate the next year.
  • Dill dislikes having its roots being relocated so it is beneficial to establish it on its permanent spot.

Petty pests for dill plants

Dill is a relatively hardy herb. It does not require special care and is rarely susceptible to infections. However, on some rare occasion, it can be infected. Leaf spot, along with fungal leaf and root infections seem to overwhelm the herb very quickly. Aphids may tend to strike it once it produces seed. Squeeze aphids using your fingers or choose biological control in your greenhouse.

Release the right amount of water

Dill requires plenty of water, especially in the first month. Water the plants with about four inches of water every two days during their early stages. Proper watering is necessary for producing dill.

What is the perfect soil?

Dill thrives in nutrient-rich soils that are well-drained with a pH ranging from 5.5 to 6.6. The soil should have temperatures between 60°F to 70°F. Growing dill in your greenhouse needs moist soil while seeds are developing. However, the fact is that it can even stand poor soil.

Lighting and temperature

Dill needs plenty of sunlight but can grow in partial shade conditions. Make sure that your greenhouse temperature will not fall under 25°F in winter or your precious dill will be ruined. Control the temperature with these greenhouse heaters!

Harvesting dill

The stems, leaves, seeds and flower heads are all safe to eat. Mature dill plants often attain heights of up to 2 feet. However, you can start harvesting them as soon as it has 5 or more well-formed leaves. Harvest by using a pair of scissors. If you have plenty of plants, you can cut off entire stalks.

Chopped dill stalks with a knife above

Harvest leaves as you want during the growing period. Cut the branch short where they connect to the main developing stem or you may cut the entire plant about an inch above the soil. Remove those thick and hard stems.

Choose an entire flower head when they become yellow, but before they matured then cut the stems of their flower heads.

Collect the seeds when the flower heads become brown. The ripe ones will easily drop when touched.

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Harvested and planted dill with the text: How to grow dill in a greenhouse.

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