The harsh and gloomy winter time, as well as deep autumn, according to psychologists, is most successful for a person if something green surrounds him at home. We are talking about indoor and home plants, of course, which you can easily grow in your apartment.
If you have already planted something in your apartment yourself and even know how to plant tulips in the fall, then growing dill on the windowsill will be not only simple, but also exciting for you. Dill will not only become a magnificent decoration of your home, but will also give you its aroma and vitamins. Dill is unpretentious in the country garden, but at home in a pot it is a little capricious. It is important not only to choose the right variety of dill, but also to take good care of it.
Choose a variety
Each herb has its own specific growth and flowering characteristics, and it must be taken into account. Having planted parsley or celery, the flowers will have to wait a whole year, but dill, in turn, will please you with flowers earlier than with leaves.
For open ground, experts have created several dozen proven varieties – there are plenty to choose from. Plants that bloom as luxuriantly and for a long time take root especially well in pots. Such varieties of dill include: bunch, asparagus bouquet, Kibray, Superdukat, abundant-leaved. These varieties form a dense green bush and, like no other, feel comfortable in a pot on the windowsill. If the plant grows too actively, the shoots can be pinched, which will give the appearance of new foliage.
We grow dill
Many umbrella cultures are distinguished by such a feature as tight germination. The reason for this is the presence of essential oils that protect the seed from drying out. In this regard, you can wait up to two weeks for entry. You can “adjust” seedlings in advance, before planting, simply by soaking the seeds in a solution of Ribav-Extra or Kornevin.
It is best to grow dill in a pot or wide container. Drainage from fine expanded clay or stone chips is poured with a thickness of one and a half to 2.5 cm. The distance between the seedlings is kept 7–10 cm. The soil must be of high quality, loose, well-retaining moisture. Ready-made soil can be easily bought at a special store, or you can mix it yourself from equal proportions of garden soil, peat, sand and humus. Seeds are planted at a distance of 2 – 3 cm from each other in wet mail no deeper than a centimeter, sprinkled with peat a little on top. It is important that the plants do not “compete” and do not interfere with each other.
Subtleties of care
Dill needs light and warmth. The ideal temperature for greens is 16 – 22 ° C. That’s why growing dill on the windowsill is more troublesome than in the garden. Dill is not frozen, and can grow even at +8 °C. However, if the plant is hot, it will refuse to grow. The rule applies here: “The higher the temperature in the room, the more often the plant needs to be watered,” but without fanaticism – there should not be a dense crust of water in the pot. Practical Tips:
– If the room is hotter than +25 ° C, constantly spray the plant (you can understand that the plant is hot by discolored shoots);
– If it is cool on the windowsill, dill roots can rot from a large amount of water;
Feed your dill with a low nitrogen supplement a couple of times a month.
Plants often require a lot of light, but do not tolerate the destructive direct rays of the sun. Growing dill in winter on the windowsill requires artificial illumination of plantings – at a distance of 50 cm from the pot, you can place a special phytolamp, or white light fluorescent lamps. The light day of dill should last 13-15 hours, this is especially important at the stage of sprout appearance, while the dill is not yet strong. When planting dill from March to August, such actions are not required – natural sunlight from the window will be enough for him.
If you want to have fresh dill in your house all year round, do not forget to plant the next batch of seeds prepared in advance two to three weeks after the first sowing. This is the fundamental difference between dill and parsley, which produces new leaves instead of plucked leaves for a long time; dill almost never re-forms after cutting. Put in a little effort, follow the tips, and your house will have fresh bushes of your favorite greenery all year round!