Tips&TricksBoost your dill growth in four days: Discover the secret of temperature therapy and aftershave soaking

Boost your dill growth in four days: Discover the secret of temperature therapy and aftershave soaking

There is a simple trick for quick dill cultivation.
There is a simple trick for quick dill cultivation.
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11:44 AM EST, January 27, 2024

While dill is an intensely aromatic plant and an excellent addition to many meals, growing it is not as straightforward as it may appear. Dill can be a bit fussy, which can hinder its growth rate. However, with the correct method, you can relish its distinct flavor just a few days after planting.

What's the best way to grow dill in a pot?

Before you begin, you must properly prepare the seeds for germination. This is an essential step that ensures the dill sprouts quicker than usual. The aim is to eliminate the essential oils that stunt the plant's growth. This is where hot and cold water plays a central role - it's a form of temperature therapy for dill!

To start, place the dill seeds you've purchased into a cloth handkerchief or gauze and tie them firmly to prevent any seeds from escaping during the procedure. Securely bundled, the seeds will be adequately exposed to the water temperature, which will dissolve the retarding oils. Submerge the seed-filled bundle into hot water for 2 minutes at a temperature of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, then immerse it in cold water for two days. Don't forget to periodically refresh the water; otherwise, the method won't be as effective. After this treatment, you're ready to sow the dill and await the emergence of the first enticing sprigs.

What could stimulate the growth of dill?

You can further enhance the growth rate of your dill seeds by soaking them in a high percentage aftershave before planting. The aftershave will work its magic within just 30 minutes, making it a quicker option than the water method. The properties of the aftershave will not only rid the seeds of essential oils, but will also kill any bacteria or disease-causing germs. After allowing the seeds to soak, simply remove them from the solution, rinse, and begin sowing. You'll notice the results soon enough.

Your dill will start to germinate just four days post-sowing! Furthermore, you can plant dill at any time of the year, and this method guarantees that the plant will always be lush and fresh. Another similar technique involves soaking the seeds in starch. This nutritionally enriches them and enhances their resistance to fungal diseases and pests. The highlight of this starch method is that it promotes swift growth of dill, eliminating the need for unnecessary waiting.

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