Anethum graveolens

Aneth    Dill   Eneldo   Dill

Crop Rotation Group :Umbelliferae (Carrot and root family)dill

Soil :Average, well drained soil amended with compost.

Position : Full sun.

Frost tolerant : Seedlings may need protection from light frosts. Cannot tolerate hard freezes.


Helps: Brassicas, broccoli, cabbage, corn, eggplant/aubergine, fennel, lettuce, onions, cucumbers
Helped by:
carrots, tomatoes, cilantro
Tiger Swallowtail butterflies/caterpillars, Hoverflies, Wasps, Ladybugs, Tomato Hornworm, honeybees, Ichneumonid Wasps
Aphids, spider mites, squash bugs, cabbage looper


Sow and Plant :Start seeds indoors in individual containers, or sow seeds outdoors half an inch deep and 2 inches apart. Gradually thin seedlings to proper spacing, and eat your thinnings. Older seedlings are difficult to transplant successfully.

Germination:  7-10 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 7″ (20cm) each way ; Rows: 5″ (15cm) with 9″ (25cm) row gap

Feeding : Drench with a liquid organic fertilizer when plants are 4 inches tall.

Harvesting :

Gather and dry leaves when plants are 10 inches tall. Use a paper bag to harvest seeds when they change from green to tan and fall freely from their umbels.

Time to harvest: days

Troubleshooting :One of the few plants said to grow with fennel. See fennel for info about intercropping. Will cross-pollinate easily with cilantro and ruin both.
Large plants may be blown over by gusty storms. Stake if necessary.

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