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Care of the plant Anethum graveolens or Dill.

Care of the plant Anethum graveolens or Dill

The genus Anethum, family Apiaceae, comprises 4 species of herbaceous plants native to the Mediterranean basin. The species are: Anethum graveolens, Anethum sowa, Anethum foeniculoides, Anethum theurkauffii.

Common name: Dill. This species is native to the Mediterranean region.

They are annual plants with an erect, hollow stem and green color furrowed with white striae and reaching 1 meter (3.28 ºF) in height. The leaves are very divided and their arrangement is alternate. They produce umbels of about 15 cm (5.9") in diameter with tiny yellow flowers that give rise to ovoid fruits. The whole plant has a strong aroma.

Dill is used as aromatic garden plants or in pots for use as a condiment. In addition to its culinary use, it has medicinal properties against menstrual pain, flatulence, hiccups and stimulates digestive secretions. The leaves and fruits are used.

Anethum graveolens needs exposure to full sun and warm temperatures, although it can resist cold but not intense frosts.

The ideal soil would be a little limestone, well drained and with some capacity to retain moisture.

Watering will be regular so that the soil always has a little moisture. The plant "warns" that it needs water because it begins to get somewhat limp but after watering it recovers.

Fertilize the soil with organic matter before planting.

Leaves can begin to collect when the plant is at least 20 cm (7.87") tall.

These aromatic plants can be attacked by aphids if they suffer from drought.

Dill propagates from seeds sown in late winter or early spring. It's not convenient to plant them near Fennel because they fertilize each other.

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Anethum graveolens
Anethum graveolens
Anethum graveolens
Anethum graveolens