Dill Dukat is grown for its abundant dark green foliage. Its strong yet mellow flavour is a perfect addition to salads. This variety can also be grown out and allowed to seed to season various condiments. Late to bolt, it can be grown in containers or in a garden bed. This sweetly aromatic dill is the perfect addition to your herb garden!
When to Plant Dill Dukat
- Dill seeds should be sown directly into the garden (dill puts down a taproot, so like carrots, it doesn’t transplant well) after the threat of frost has passed in the spring. See local frost dates.
- The soil temperature should be between 60 and 70ºF (15 and 21°C) for the best germination results. Seedlings should appear in 10 to 14 days.
- Plant dill every couple of weeks until mid-summer to ensure a constant supply into fall.
Choosing and Preparing a Planting Site
- Plant in full sun.
- Choose a site that has well-draining soil that’s rich in organic matter. The pH of the soil should ideally be between slightly acidic and neutral.
- In your garden, plant dill next to cabbage or onions, but keep it away from carrots. Learn more about companion planting.
- Make sure to shelter dill from strong winds, as it can be blown over easily.
How to Plant Dill
- Sow dill seeds about 1/4-inch deep and 18 inches apart.
- After 10 to 14 days, young dill plants should appear in the soil. Wait for another 10 to 14 days, then thin the plants to about 12 to 18 inches apart (if they aren’t already spaced well enough).
How to Grow Dill
- Water the plants freely during the growing season, ensuring that they don’t dry out excessively.
- In order to ensure a season-long fresh supply of dill, continue sowing seeds every few weeks. For an extended harvest, do not allow flowers to grow on the plants.
- If dill is allowed to go to seed and the soil isn’t disturbed too much, more dill plants will likely appear next spring.
How to Harvest Dill
- As soon as the plant has four to five leaves, you can start harvesting. Harvest older leaves first. Pinch off the leaves or cut them off with scissors.
- If you have a lot of plants, you can take entire stalks.