Herbs forum: Anyone grow dill? Issue with plants

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Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
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Mizshelli
Jul 12, 2016 5:44 AM CST
Ok so I planted 3 huge herb boxes this year with all kinds of herbs. Plopped some dill seeds in one of them, and they are growing nicely. The problem is, the dill was a nice dark green color until it hit about 8" tall. Now it's not as fluffy, and a pale green with yellowing on the bottom of the stems. I was watering them daily due to the heat, but they get some afternoon shade so I water every other day now. Good soil, and the only bug I've seen was a lightning bug hiding in the leaves. Did I do something wrong???
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gardengus
Jul 12, 2016 1:21 PM CST
My dill always looks lighter just before flowering and setting seed . Yours sounds a bit short to flower but the heat of summer will bring it on .
Did you seed them close together? when I crowd dill it flowers at about half size.
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Name: Kat
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kittriana
Jul 14, 2016 2:37 PM CST
Dill loves cooler weather- for me its a late winter sprouter and is done by April. Heat will cause a 'bolt' (flowers and seeds) not sure which you planted, but 8" sounds about right for a bolt with this heat. Overwatering doesnt help with heat, usually if you do overwater, the lower leaves will yellow and drop. Dry roots or over fertilized roots turn the leaves crispy brown and dry. Being an herb, hard times for the plant means greater flavors, life for an herb is grow fast and seed! Especially in Michigan where life for all plants is in fast forward to get their seeds set before the frosts hit.
kitt
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Newyorkrita
Jul 14, 2016 3:28 PM CST
I planted all my dill directly from seed in my planters and when it got to a certain height (still small) it all died. I am now on my 2nd planting. So dill has been odd this year.


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Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
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Mizshelli
Jul 15, 2016 6:11 AM CST
Well I guess if it flowers I will save it for pickles later in the fall. Can you freeze dill? I will save the seeds, but I wanted to use the whole plant for pickling....
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Weedwhacker
Jul 19, 2016 10:10 PM CST
Mizshelli said:Well I guess if it flowers I will save it for pickles later in the fall. Can you freeze dill? I will save the seeds, but I wanted to use the whole plant for pickling....


Better, I think, to time the planting so the dill is available when you're making the pickles...

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Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
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Mizshelli
Jul 22, 2016 10:05 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:

Better, I think, to time the planting so the dill is available when you're making the pickles...

is your Pleasant Lake near Jackson? (I grew up in Jackson, spent many summer days swimming at Pleasant Lake near there Smiling )


Yep :). We are about 15 minutes from Jackson here. About a mile from the lake. LOVE IT.
I thought I had to plant dill earlier rather than later. Harvest won't be until end of August for dill pickle making I don't think.....What do I do with the dill???
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Name: Kat
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kittriana
Jul 22, 2016 10:12 AM CST
You can freeze it fresh in ice cubes. Am told it does great that way. Your dill looks more like a fern leaf variety than the bigger ones. Those never hit more than 24" for me.
kitt

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