Growing and Saving the Seed Of Dill

Latin name Anethum graveolens is an annual member of the Apiaceae, or carrot, family. This herb is an essential ingredient for pickles and a host of other dishes, and it is super attractive to pollinators and beneficial insects. Lacewing flies eat aphids and are considered a very beneficial insect, and they particularly love dill! Can grow as a summer annual in most USDA zones; in zones 9 and above dill should be grown over winter.



Native to the Mediterranean and western Asia. Mentioned in ancient Egyptian texts and considered good luck in ancient Rome.


  • Dill has many culinary uses.
  • Visited by many beneficial insects and pollinators




  • Seeds germinate in 7-21 days.
  • Plant 1/4 inch deep.
  • Direct seed in the garden after all chance of frost has passed.
  • Plants dislike transplanting.
  • Ideal germination is 65–70 F.


  • Prefers full sun.
  • Provide rich, well-drained soil.
  • Space plants 4 inches apart.
  • Plant in an area with protection from high winds.


  • Typically quite pest free.
  • Provide good air circulation and keep foliage dry to prevent mold and fungal issues. 


  • Allow seed heads to turn brown and dry.
  • Seeds will easily release when shaken over a bag.
  • Store seeds in a cool, dark, dry place over winter.