Seeds - Art Pack - Mammoth Long Island Dill OG
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For pickles and beyond.
Beyond its pungent flavor and culinary versatility, dill has a long history of medicinal use. Ancient Egyptians referred to dill as a soother; gladiators believed it imparted courage; churchgoers felt the seeds sparked alertness; and villagers considered dill a protective charm. Dill still makes great pickles. But what of its other uses for the modern age? Where do we most need to be soothed, courageous, alert, and protected? Traffic jams on Long Island. We particularly enjoy our early mornings in the seed garden when the dew-dropped dill refracts the sunlight. Grow this herb for its flavor, and you may just prevent road rage to boot.
Originally named Long Island Dill, this tall billowing relative of Queen Anne's Lace and carrots is perfect for edible landscaping, container gardens and, well, pickles, of course! All parts of the plant leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds can be used to impart dill flavor to dishes.
Pack Size: 200 seeds
Germination Rate: 7-21 days
Days to Maturity: 70
Latin Name: Anethum graveolens
Alternative Names: Dillweed
Main Uses: Culinary
Zone Hardiness: Short-lived reseeding annual
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 60 cm (24 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination Instructions: Germination: 7 - 21 days at 21° C.
Sowing: Indoors 4 weeks before planting out. Sow 8 - 12 seeds per cell or plug. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant. Outdoors, sow in late May. Dill tolerates cool temperatures. Direct seeding outdoors is the preferred method for starting Dill.
Planting Depth: Cover lightly.
Planting Out: Plant hardened seedlings in well-drained, fertile soil once soil has warmed.
Growing Tips: Dill grows in clumps, and does not require thinning once seedlings germinate.
Pruning: Cut leafy growth back by up to half at any given time. This annual variety is most productive before flowering, and flowers should be removed as soon as they form (unless seeds are desired, either for collection or naturalized reseeding).
Harvesting: Harvest regularly until plants no longer regrow. At this point, reseed for a fresh crop.
Growing in Containers: Not well-suited for containers.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in average, well-drained garden soil amended with quality compost such as Sea Soil.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water during periods of drought.
Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars love to feed on dill. Although you may have to share your crop, it is well worth the joy of providing habitat for these lovely creatures.
Special Requirements for Cold Climate Gardeners: Dill grows in clumps, and does not require thinning once seedlings germinate. Allow some plants to flower for reseeding in the garden.
Suitability for Indoors: Not the best choice for indoors; the shorter Bouquet variety will do better.
What about Grow Lights? Full spectrum grow lights are required to grow dill indoors through winter.
Indoor Container Suggestions: Minimum 8" container. For full sized Dill, a deep pot is required. For Baby Dill, a shallow tray is an option.