Dill Transplanting Tips
Dill has been one of the most popular culinary herbs for centuries. It's a favorite for flavoring different kinds of dishes and even for pickling. Dill can be used fresh, dried and even ground. Fresh dill is perhaps the best one to use, as it can add a wonderful flavor to all kinds of dishes. For this reason, many people prefer having this herb growing in or around their homes where it will be easily accessible.
Growing Dill in Containers
Dill is one of the easiest plants to grow, as it requires relatively little care once sown. It can be grown in the house in containers. Use a container that's at least 10 inches deep. Dill plants have taproots that grow deep into the ground. If you prefer keeping an eye on your dill plant while it's still young, this is the best way to start growing it. However, it will be necessary to transplant the herb before it can mature completely.
Transplanting Your Dill Plant
Transplanting herbs is not an easy thing to do, as most of them can wither away if not done properly. If you plan on transplanting dill outside from a container, here are some tips that you should keep in mind.
- Dill is one of the most difficult herbs to transplant, mainly because of its taproots. The best way to transplant dill plants is by leaving the roots untouched. Once they're disturbed it can be difficult to get them to grow again. Avoid loosening up any of the dill plant’s roots.
- If you are transplanting outside from a container, it is best to scoop out the soil right from the bottom of the container. You should also dig a hole that is deep enough for the roots. This way the roots have enough space and do not get cramped.
- If your dill plant is relatively young, it's best to transplant it on a cloudy day or in the evening when it's cooler. Young dill plants may not be able to take too much of the afternoon sun. It's important that the plant gets used to the outside weather before it can begin growing as well as before.
- Dill plants may go through minor transplant shocks for a few days after being moved from container to garden. However, with a little additional care they can regain their fast-growing feature. It's also important that you mix a good amount of all-purpose fertilizer before transferring the plant outside, so it can get the nutrition it requires.
These tips will help you transplant your dill plant from inside your home to your garden, and help it grow well. With adequate watering and sunlight, your dill plant should start blooming in about 6 weeks.