I have been trying to grow dill in a clay pot--seedlings come up--and then keel over and die. what am i doing wrong? watering lightly--making sure soil is moist--good drainage. . . .
It sounds like they may be dampening off. This article will help you fix that:
They may also not be getting enough light. You can try supplementing light with a florescent bulb placed close to the seedlings.
Today I bought a large bunch of dill. To my surprise, they have roots 6 inches long. I would like to try and plant the roots. Is a pot or in the ground better? I live in Florida. When I plant the dill, how far down in the soil and how much greens should I leave on? Also, how much water do they require?
You can treat it like a plant you bought at a nursery, so you can leave it as is. Simply plant the roots into the soil. There should be a pale part above the roots on the stem, plant it about 1" deeper than this. Water it frequently for a week or so until it is established.
Last week I bought parsley and dill from my local farmers' market. I planted them on the balcony of my apartment. The problem is, neither of them have a smell when I break off and rub a leaf. Is there something wrong with them, or are they possibly too young still and need a little time to mature before they have a scent?
They have had too much nitrogen. Plants grown for grocery stores are forced to grow quickly with extra fertilizer. It makes them look nice but the smell and flavor is sacrificed. Give them a little time and the smell will return. Just don't fertilize them so that their growth comes back into balance with their flavor compounds.
Why is my dill weed turning yellow, and what should I do?
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Transplanted small fernleaf dill into a plastic pot with bagged potting soil. It's in full sun and has been watered daily. Leaves at base of plant and around edges are now brown/yellow. What could be the problem? Should I transplant it into the ground? I want to have fresh dill heads for pickles this summer.
Dill does not transplant well, so I suspect that it is in transplant shock. It may pull through, but you may want to just start dill seeds straight into the container you wish or grow them in as well.
What causes part of my dill plant to turn yellow?
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My potted dill has been infested by some kind of small worm. Other herbs in the same patio pot are not affected. What are these pests, and what can I do to eliminate them?
It may be an Eastern Black Swallowtail: http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/eastern_black_swallowtail.htm
Regardless, this article will help you with caterpillars in your garden: