Growing Dill From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Milford, NH
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Question by hsteinbrueck
June 22, 1999
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 from NGA
June 22, 1999
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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