Dill 'Vierling' / Anethum graveolens / Flower and Culinary Herb / Seeds

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Dill 'Vierling' / Anethum graveolens / Flower and Culinary Herb / Seeds

A Dill variety bred for its tall and sturdy stems, making this an all-round excellent plant for the border, the herb garden and for filling flower bouquets.  Plants have aromatic and feathery blue-green leaves and yellow umbels of flowers in summer, from July to September.  They grow to a height of 80-100cm.  Dill attracts lots of pollinators into the garden.   

Plants grow best in full sun and well-drained soils.  Pick the leaves for cooking, which are at their best up to flowering.  Allow some plants to develop flowers for your borders and for filling vases with fresh or dried flowers.  And allow some flowers to set seed, as the seeds can be dried and used for cooking.  

Pack of 1g (approx 600) seeds.  Sow the seeds directly into the ground in spring.  Seeds can also be direct sown into the ground in warmer southern and western gardens.  Plants are cold tolerant to about -10C.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet. 

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Hardiness Hardy annual (RHS Hardiness H4)
Height 80 - 100cm
Spread 30 - 40cm
Conditions  Sun and moist well-drained soil

Sow the seeds directly into cultivated ground in spring.  Sow every couple of weeks from April to July for a succession of plants.  Keep the ground moist until the seeds germinate in about 2-3 weeks.  Thin seedlings to 15-20cm apart.   Make sure young seedlings have enough moisture to grow into established plants.  Seeds are not generally sown in seed trays as the seedlings resent root disturbance on transplanting. 

Grow & Harvest

The sturdy stems of this variety generally keep it upright, but the plants may need staking in exposed sites.   If harvesting the leaves, take small amounts on a regular basis, and this allows the plants to keep growing.  Do not harvest too many leaves from plants that you want to flower.  If collecting seeds, allow the flowers to dry out and then place the entire flowerheads in a paper bag and keep in a dry and cool place for a couple of weeks. Shake out the seeds for storing.  Remove the plants once they start to die back in winter.  Plants self seed in the right conditions.