The Q&A Archives: Growing Dill From Seed

Question: For three years I have sown dill seeds directly into the ground. They don't come up. The site is sunny and not wet and not overly rich soil. What could I be doing wrong?

Answer: Dill seeds need light to germinate, so perhaps you've been setting your seeds too deeply in the soil. You can start dill seeds anytime from spring through mid-summer outdoors. Try raking the seedbed smooth, sprinkling a little peatmoss on the surface, then broadcasting the dill seed on top. The peat will catch and hold the seeds, providing a light, moist place for them to germinate. You can expect the seeds to sprout in 21-25 days at temperatures of 60F - 75F degrees.

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