Last updated on September 23rd, 2022 at 03:56 pm
Dill is a prevalent herb and certainly has a unique growing style. Because of its beneficial leaves, you may want to have a continuous harvest of this plant without replanting it.
So, if you are planting this herb for the first time, you’ll wonder whether dill grows back each year.
Does Dill Grow Back Every Year? Dill will grow back most of the time if they are left to grow naturally. The seeds of dills are incredibly resistant and can last for an extended period. Therefore, with the right conditions necessary for growth, the seeds will grow as a new plant after the parent plant dies. As such, whether or not a dill plant does grow back every year depends on if the seeds had the right conditions for them to grow.
Why Does Dill Grow Back Every Year?
The dill plant may not be precisely known for its toughness as a plant, as it seems to die pretty quickly when cut or after flowering.
Also, it only takes about a year to reach maturity and two years to die off, having flowered within this period ultimately. However, for some reason, the dill seems always to be around.
The key to the sustenance of dill is its seeds! The seeds of the dill plant can last three to ten years; this is, however, sometimes dependent on the preservation method for the seeds.
Dill has a reputation for self-seeding if they are allowed to grow, and after doing so, the plant dies off naturally.
When they land on suitable soil for their growth, these seeds sprout up to new dill plants.
This process is relatively easy for dill as they are most likely falling onto healthy soil where the parent dill plants that housed the seeds grow.
This soil condition would be just suitable for their growth as well.
The seeds sprout up, forming new dill plants and new seeds, repeating the process repeatedly, hence why they grow back year after year.
As mentioned earlier, the seeds of the dill plant are tough and can last dormant for a while for the perfect condition needed for their growth before sprouting.
The seeds also can mature on their own even if the dill plant stops growing. The reason why dill has taken the role of seeming reincarnation lies in the seeds of the dill plant.
Why Is My Dill Plant Dying?
The dill plant isn’t precisely a perennial plant and does die as soon as its flowers are mature and their seeds are ripe; this takes roughly two years.
The process is called bolting, and it is a common experience for every dill plant. Your dill plant may be experiencing this, hence the reason for its dying.
If the seeds are not the goal for you, then you ought to have harvested the leaves of the dill plant at this point or the flowers.
If you were hoping to get the leaves and the dill plant has reached this point, it is best to harvest the flowers and the seeds or just let the seed be, and they would grow naturally as such, you can reap the leaves of these instead.
If your dill plant is dying and has not reached the flowering stage, then it is most likely not being cared for appropriately.
There are several reasons why your dill plant may be dying and not as a result of flowering. Some of these reasons include:
1. Inadequate sunlight:
Dill requires at least six hours of daylight a day; if your dill is not receiving this much at least, the plant will start to die off.
To stop this, all you need is the right amount of sunlight.
2. Improper watering:
When the leaves of your dill plant begin to turn yellow and proceed to die back, it is most likely a result of overwatering.
The dill plant needs a fair amount of water to keep the soil moist but not oversaturated.
Sometimes, the amount of water may be just right for them; however, the soil drains poorly, leading to overwatering.
The same goes for underwatering; this usually is signified by the brownish discoloration of the leaves.
Your dill may be experiencing drought-stress, and this is brought about by underwatering your dill.
3. Excessive application of fertilizers:
The final reason your dill may be dying off can be due to too much fertilizer, which causes yellowing of the leaves as well.
When To Harvest Dill?
From the stems to the leaves to the flowers, it seems like every part of this plant is incredibly useful. When to harvest dill depends on which part of the plant you want to use.
If you intend to use the leaves of the dill often, and that is your end goal for planting dill, it is best to cut off the plant’s flowers as soon as you see it sprouting.
This cutting process maintains the leaves of the dill and enables it to grow more and produce bushier leaves.
If the flowers or the seeds are your main objective, you should probably wait for the dill to grow to full maturity to get this, and the same goes for the stems.
You can harvest the seeds immaturely, and they would later mature on their own without the aid of the parent plant and can be stored for a very long time and remain viable.
The dill plant has undoubtedly made a name for itself due to its ability to grow every year; this is something natural for the plant as long as the seeds are intact after the growth period of the parent plant.
The dill plant dies naturally after flowering, with the seeds reaching maturity.
However, this can be delayed by trimming away the flowers if you want the plant to stay longer and produce more leaves.
Your dill plant would most likely not die off before flowering if it is adequately taken care of by meeting the proper condition for its growth.
If you want your dill to keep growing every year, you just have to let it be, and it would do that on its own, or you can harvest some of the seeds and save them for planting any time you wish.