Dill issues

1sthouseslc(USDA 5)July 27, 2012

I am having problems with my dill plant. It was growing wonderfully until I pruned it and dried what I cut off. Since then it has just grown tall and keeps going to seed. There is no additional growth to bush out, and there is nothing more to cut and dry. It is in a large patio planter with some Thai basil that is doing well. It gets the afternoon sun for about 6 hours a day, more sun seemed to do it more damage. I water when the soil is dry about an inch down.

Any ideas on what is going on?

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Dill will go to seed when the weather gets warm. It's at the end of its life.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 8:50AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Yup. Cool weather annual. Plant more.


    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 3:27PM
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1sthouseslc(USDA 5)

Wow, I'm a little slow I guess. I never knew that dill was an annual. Poor dill! I've been keeping it alive when it's trying to die. So, if I let it seed could I use those to replant? I bought it as a plant since my previous attempts at growing from a seed didn't go well in the heat.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 11:41PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

You can let it go to seed. You can also try hitting the local garden places getting rid of their seeds for the season - get seeds for little $$. August is a great time to start sowing seeds for fall harvests.


    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 10:02AM
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Almost any home grown seeds are better than store bought. You should get better results from harvesting your seeds than any other source,

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 2:13PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Length of growing season left is an issue for Zone 5. If seeds can mature in time, they can still be planted or you can buy seeds that are clearanced priced in the stores and save the seeds that still have to mature on the plant for spring. Us Northerners are quickly approaching or have past (depending upon what it is) our last planting dates for fall harvests.

Home grown seeds are **NOT** better than seeds bought from a commercial seed grower if they are the offspring of a hybrid plant. Those do not come true to the quality of the parent plant and are often of inferior quality. If they are from open-pollinated or heirloom stock, however, I do agree that home-grown seeds are a great choice.


    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 4:07PM
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