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Dill, Fernleaf

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All-America Selections winner.

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Branching from the base, these dwarf plants have ornamental ferny leaves and are ideal for containers. Likes full sun. Start seed indoors early or sow directly in the ground after all danger of frost.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

40-60 days

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8-12 inches

Additional Uses Additional ways in which the product may be used in the garden.

Container Plant, Fragrant

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Direct Sow:

  • Sow outdoors in spring after danger of frost. In frost-free areas, sow from fall to early spring.
  • Sow in average soil in full sun.
  • Sow seeds thinly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil. Seed needs light to germinate.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge 10-21 days.
  • Thin to 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. Be careful with the roots as dill roots are easily damaged.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For herbs, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant's stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Fertilize as needed with Gro-tone All Purpose Organic Plant Food.
  • Remove flowers as they appear to help prolong leaf production for a short time.
  • Pinch off spent flowers to help prevent prolific self-sowing.
  • At the end of the season, let some go to seed to provide a crop for next year.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Harvest leaves fresh as needed.
  • Leaves may be dried but they lose much of their pungency when used dried rather than fresh. Dill leaves may be frozen.
  • Harvest seeds when the flowers are fully developed but not brown. Cut the whole stem and tie in small bundles. Hang in a warm, dry, airy place out of the sun. Seeds can be stripped from the flowers by rubbing the flowers between the palms of your hands. Seeds are great for pickling.
  • Store seeds in a tightly closed container in a dark closet or cupboard.
Sun
Full Sun
Days To Maturity
40-60 days
Life Cycle
Annual
Height
18 inches
Spread
8-12 inches
Additional Uses
Container Plant, Fragrant
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Thin
12 inches
Dill, Fernleaf is rated 4.333333333333333 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attracts surprising guests! I planted some dill last summer. When I was about to clip off some sprigs, a Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar crawled out. These guys love dill and ate my plant bare. Guess it was tasty.
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor germination I bought a packet of this to start for spring 2009; so far, I have only gotten one seedling out of about 100 I planted.
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded All Expectations! Last year was my first time to plant Dill, and I had no idea what to expect, but my daughter wanted me to try so I planted this variety based on the reviews. Without exception, we all loved it! My daughter, who cooks a lot of fish dishes with dill was thrilled with the taste / far superior to any she had ever tasted before. The seeds germinated well with the direct sow method, and I planted every two weeks for a staggered yield. The plants were not large, but the taste was 'over the top'. I highly recommend this herb. Easy to grow, tastes great and produced well.
Date published: 2009-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Grow This was the first year I tried growing dill. The smaller size of this fernleaf was a great choice. I was able to grow several plants in a small space. Flavor and aroma was fantastic. Give this one a try!
Date published: 2008-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of aroma and flavor This is a really good, aromatic and flavorful dill. Deserves its AAS award. I planted this a few years ago and have not had to plant it since as it comes back bigger and more abundant. I don't think there is anything easier to grow either. Dill is a great herb to have on hand fresh but as I said, be careful, dill is not toy! It will take over if you don't thin it out!
Date published: 2007-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! This little dill is amazing! The plants are compact as advertized, but the yield is tremendous! I was amazed that so many leaves could come off plants this size. I freeze bags of dill to use in cooking throughout the year, and growing this variety has cut my processing and picking time in half!
Date published: 2006-07-29
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