Common Name : Dillweed, Amaranthus, Dill, Sathakuppi Sompa, Chatha Kuppai, Sathakuppa, Chatakuppa, Sabasiege, Shatakuppi, Sabasige, Sowa, Pithapasadaa, Soolpha, Surva, Surva-Nu-Bi, Shep, Shepu, Thathai, Sor
Scientific Name : Anethum graveolens
Dill (Anethum graveolens) is an annual herb in the celery family Apiaceae. It is the only species in the genus Anethum. Dill is both an herb and a spice. The feathery leaves are harvested to use as an herb. The small hard, dried seeds are used as a spice. The feathery green leaves are often called dill weed. Dill weed is used to flavor many dishes including salads, vegetables, meats, and sauces. Dill seed is used to flavor bread, pickles, sauerkraut, and coleslaw.
- Dill attracts honeybees and beneficial insects to the garden.
- Fresh and dried dill leaves are widely used as herbs.
- Dill oil is extracted from the leaves, stems, and seeds of the plant. The oil from the seeds is distilled and used in the manufacturing of soaps.
- Plant dill in full sun; dill will tolerate light shade but will not grow as bushy.
- Water dill evenly and regularly until established. Once established dill will grow best if the soil is allowed to nearly dry between waterings.
- Prepare planting beds with aged compost. Side dress dill two or three times during the growing season with compost tea.
- Keep the planting bed well weeded; weeds compete for nutrients and water.
- Dill can grow tall and wispy; it may benefit from staking in gardens with a prevailing wind.
- Pinch out early flowers for prolonged leaf growth.
- Dill will grow easily in a container. Choose a container at least 12 inches deep as dill forms a taproot.
- Dill can be grown indoors in winter. Outdoors dill will likely die back to the ground after the first hard freeze.
- Dill grows best in well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
- Add aged compost to the planting bed in advance of planting. Dill prefers a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.7.
Space dill plants 10 to 12 inches apart. Space rows 2 to 3 feet apart.