Dill

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Dill

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Usually available: March to December

Life cycle: Annual
Height: 40cm - 1.2m
Position: Sun / part shade
Soil preference: Well drained

This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA



You will receive
- 1 Dill Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Anethum graveolens

Dill is an aromatic, annual herb, growing from 40-75 cm high. The fine blue-green leaves are delicate, feather like and fan out in like an intricate web on small stems, extending approximately 20 cm. The main stem is tall, slender and hollow. It branches out at the top and supports a wide mass of yellow flowers held in small clusters. The flowers act as beneficial insect attractants at the height of summer.

The native habitat of dill is the Mediterranean, Southern Russia, Southern and Central China and in some areas of Spain, Portugal and Italy. It is a very popular herb in Russian cooking.

Today, dill is known mostly for its culinary uses, but its history goes back to the Middle Ages, where it was often mentioned in writing. In medieval times, dill was associated with superstitious beliefs and magic. Placing dill above the door was reputed to ward against witches and sorcery. Its name was taken from the term ‘dilla’ which means ‘to lull’ in deference to the lulling of discomfort associated with digestive disorders, particularly in children.

Growth Habit

Dill is a hardy plant that is relatively easy to grow, as long as it has a full sun aspect. It tolerates many different soil types and growing conditions across Australia. However, it will do best in soils that are moist and rich inorganic matter. The plants mature and flower during the summer months, so watering and mulch for water retention is required. A warm summer suits them best, but dill plants are tolerant of the cold in frost-free areas.

Dill has one main tap root, which supports the entire plant and due to the height of the main stalk and the top heavy flower clusters, the plant may need wind protection. This could be a natural planting of higher or bushier plants surrounding the dill plant or artificial protection. This is especially important once the flower heads begin to produce seeds because the hollow stalks are easily broken when weighed down. Dill is prolific seed producer, with up to 25 000 individual seeds found in one ounce of dried seed material.

Dill will self-seed quite readily, so plant your first plants where they will be happy as a permanent resident. If you would like some control over your supply, plant or sow seeds at fortnightly intervals. Leave 60 cm between rows, thin to 30cm apart and consider choosing a position for wind protection.

Culinary Uses

Dill has many culinary uses and is perhaps best known for helping to create ‘dill pickles’. The tangy, pungent flavour of dill goes well with many dishes and may be used as freshly collected leaves, dried leaves or dried seeds. Dill is often used to season fish, poultry, meat, vegetable and egg dishes while the fresh leaves are used as a tangy garnish. An easy way to use dill is in herb butter, in sauces, dips, vinegars, olive oil dressings, salad dressings and in sour cream or cream cheese.

The best way to add dill to your dishes is to wait until near the end of the cooking process. This way the flavour is fresh and the aroma is at its best when served.

Dill leaves can be picked within two months of planting, with fresh leaves being used that day. Alternatively, they may be frozen in an airtight container and kept for up to six months. To dry leaves for later use, cut the whole stem and hang it upside down in the sun until the leaves are dry. Another method is to lay the leaves flat in a dry, warm place until dry. In each case, store the dry leaves in an airtight container for later use. Seeds are collected by picking the flowers before the seeds ripen and placing them in a paper bag until the seed ripen and drop from the flowers. Some sources recommend drying the seeds further in a hot oven. The flowers may also be picked and used for decoration.

Medicinal Uses

Today dill is primarily a culinary herb. However, it has been used traditionally to treat digestive and stomach complaints. Dill is mildly diuretic and may also have some benefit for helping treat cough, cold and flu symptoms. Chewing dill seeds over a long period of time is said to be helpful in reducing bad breath. As with many herbs, dill is still considered to be a general tonic.

Companion Plants

Dill is considered to be a good companion plant for cucumber, lettuce, cabbage and onions. It is a poor companion for carrots and tomatoes.

 

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

Delivery

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)

HERB PLANTS

We send (Australia wide, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania):

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)

OTHER PRODUCTS

We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Friday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.

Returns

We want you to be thrilled with your purchase from us. If you are not satisfied with an item and need to return it, we're here to help.

Herb Plants
- If you are unhappy with the quality of Herb plants they must be photographed on the day of receiving and emailed to us within 24 hours.

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05/29/2022
Anonymous
Australia

What a dill!

My dill plants arrived in perfect condition. I don’t know how you do it! However smarty pants me thought I could foil Melbourne weather by keeping my little dillies inside. They came along nicely but not overly enthusiastic. I put it down to separation anxiety. I thought I would cheer them up with some worm wee. But in my excitement I over did it. Too strong I fear. Alas they have gone to the big garden in the sky.

RR
04/29/2022
Rod R.
Australia Australia

Purchased some herbs

I have purchased three lots of herbs, now, over the last 6 months and every time, I have been very satisfied. The quality is great and with the last lot, the Mudbrick team were concerned that they had arrived ok because Post was slower than normal. Such thoughtfulness makes for confidence in their operation. It has been a pleasure to buy through Mudbrick and I will definitely continue to do so. Fantastic herbs, fantastic service and fantastic people. Thanks.

KE
02/22/2022
Kylie E.
Australia Australia

Arrived in excellent condition

Although it arrived in great condition, Dill being such a delicate little thing initially, it needed a bit of nurturing when planted into my veggie patch. It is of course doing very well now in a short period of time and I am waiting for it to really take off before I start using it in my kitchen

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