How to Pick & Transplant Dill

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Picking and transplanting deal requires you to deal head on with the herb's finicky nature. Find out how to pick and transplant dill with help from the owner of a biodynamic nursery in this free video clip.

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Hi there. Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Certified Biodynamic Nursery, located in sunny Santa Barbara, California. Today, I want to talk to you about transplanting dill. Particular thing about dill is that it’s a finicky transplanting variety of plant to deal with. And such, you need to take your time and make sure that you are dealing in particular with the root system in a delicate manner, and getting them from one container to the other in a fashion so as not to disturb the roots. It’s one of the most important things to know about growing dill. It likes a certain amount of heat - usually the upper 60s to low 70s - but it doesn’t like it too hot, either. It’s sort of little bit better than cilantro, but very similar in that way. Because each plant comes in its individual cell, it makes it easy for you to dislodge the plant from the cell itself, and carefully set it into its new pot. And, in this case I’m going to plant about four or five plants. The thing with transplanting most plants - unless they’re natives – you want to plant them at the same level as they are originally coming, not any more deeply or up, so that they really continue to grow in a fashion that they are used to. You can see how easy the plants are emerging from their cells. And, I’m setting them down firmly. Your forefinger and your thumb are your best tools. They give you a lot of really wonderful help with getting this planted into the ground. So, you want to put that energy right at the base of the plant. You’re pressing down firmly, but not too firmly. You want to make sure that the plant has a solid connection to the soil medium, and you want to eliminate the potential for any open cavities in and around the roots that might actually cause them to rot. So, when you just create a nice seamless connection to the surrounding planting medium, you’re taking care using your thumb and your forefinger to firmly place those plants, and you give them enough space there in the pot. You can successfully transplant these guys from one container to the other, or into the garden if that’s the setting that you have established for these plants. The last phase is to gently water these into their pot, and allowing for the water to flow through so that the plants are well, well moist in their initial watering. I’m Oscar Carmona, owner of Seeding Grounds Nursery. Happy gardening!

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