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growing dill weed

Growing dill weed

Figure 4. Dill has the most flavor when it is picked before flowering begins.

By: Joseph Masabni and Stephen King

Figure 2. Dill plants can survive low temperatures but grow best when soil temperature is about 70°F.

These varieties are best for Texas:


Dill grown outside matures about 90 days after seeding. Although the leaves can be harvested as soon as they are big enough to use, they contain the most flavors if picked before flowering begins. Clip them close to the stem in the early morning or late evening.

Plant dill in full sun and protect it from strong gusts of wind. The plant can survive temperatures down to 25°F.

They should germinate in 10 to 14 days. Seedlings should be planted ¾ to 1 inch deep and from 12 to 15 inches apart.


A better formulation that doesn’t apply too much phosphorus is 15-5-10, and it is also available at garden centers. When using 15-5-10, apply 1 pound per 100 square feet.

Figure 1. Dill seeds are used as a spice for pickling and for adding flavor to stews and roasts.

Growing dill weed

Lettuce is considered by some to be the best companion plant for dill.

Freezing fresh dill is easy to do and takes about 5 minutes! To freeze fresh dill, wash the sprigs in cold water and pat dry. Lay the dill sprigs on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer to freeze quickly.

Companion planting with dill

The fine leaves make a lovely and delicate topping for recipes like my phyllo cup recipe. It’s made with crab and cream cheese and is super easy to prepare.

Dill is a forgiving plant. It needs full sunlight but other than this, it will grow in poor to good soil and under dry and wet conditions. Here are a few tips for growing dill to help you get the most out of your plants.

How to freeze and dry fresh dill

Every part of dill from the stems, to the leaves, flowers and seeds are edible.