How to Grow Dill in a Pot


Dill reaches heights of 3 feet or more in a garden bed, but lower growing varieties that grow only 2 feet work best for a potted herb garden. Dill seeds provide the signature flavor to dill pickles, and the leaves complement pickles, breads, soups, dips and cooked dishes. The plant produces large umbels of tiny yellow flowers later in the growing season. The flowers are an attractive addition to potted herb gardens, and once they fade the plant produces its flavorful seeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Soluble fertilizer
  • Fill a 12-inch-deep, 8- to 12-inch-diameter pot with moist potting soil. Dill grows tall and requires a deep pot so it doesn't become top heavy and fall over.

  • Sprinkle four dill seeds on the soil surface. Cover the seeds with a ¼-inch layer of soil.

  • Set the pot where it receives six hours of daily sunlight. Choose an area protected from high winds if you place the pot outdoors, such as on a patio.

  • Water as necessary to keep the soil moist during the germination period. Seeds sprout in approximately seven days.

  • Thin the pot to one plant once the dill seedlings are 4 to 6 inches tall. Leave the strongest seedling to grow on.

  • Water the soil in the pot when the top inch feels dry. Indoor pots require watering once to twice weekly, but outdoor pots may require daily irrigation.

  • Fertilize dill every four weeks with a balanced soluble fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer diluted to half the rate recommendation from the label, as heavy fertilization damages dill and may compromise its flavor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Harvest the leaves as needed throughout the early part of the growing season. The leaves loose their flavor once the plant flowers. Harvest the seeds after the flowers finish blooming, but before the seeds turn completely tan in color.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/ Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Grow Tulips in a Pot

    Create gorgeous displays while protecting tulip (Tulipa) bulbs from predators and the elements by growing them in containers. Tulips are perennial in...

  • How to Make Dill Pickles

    If you have a lot of cucumbers and kids willing to help, spend an afternoon making pickles in your kitchen. Homemade pickles...

  • How to Plant Bulbs in Containers

    Spring-flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips are easy to grow in pots. Plant them in fall at the same time as you'd...

  • How to Grow Pumpkins in a Container

    Because of the sprawling nature of pumpkin vines, some city gardeners feel they can't grow the seasonal plant. However, the small varieties...

  • How to Plant Dill Seed

    Dill is most commonly used to flavor pickles and fish, but its bright, agreeable flavor also lends itself well to a variety...

  • How to Grow Herbs Outdoors

    Herbs are tough, undemanding and tolerant plants, perfect for beginners to grow outdoors. Meeting cultural requirements is critical for herb growing.

  • How to Cure Dill Pickles in a Crock

    If you have fresh cucumbers, try making your own dill pickles. Typically, you can make dill pickles one jar at a time....

  • How to Grow Boston Pickling Cucumbers

    Boston pickling cucumbers are an heirloom variety known for their heavy yields and resistance to cucumber scale and the mosaic virus. The...

  • How to Make Easy Dill Pickles in a 5-Gallon Bucket

    Pickles are simply fermented cucumbers. Fermentation is the process of allowing bacteria to grow on the cucumbers. This bacteria does not harm...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!