Dill has multiple culinary uses and is loved for its subtle aniseed taste. A staple in central and eastern European dishes, the delicate frothy leaves are a go-to herb for seasoning salmon and other fish dishes as well as being the standout flavor of dill pickles. Dill seeds on the other hand are a popular constituent of Indian cuisine as well as infusing in soups and stews. You can even use the pretty yellow flowers as a garnish for salads. Once you know the basics of how to grow dill, you need on to move on to pruning it – we tell you how in this helpful guide. Dill is very easy to grow but is an annual plant. This means it completes its entire life-cycle, from germination to setting seed, in a single year. Plus, dill also has a reputation for dying quickly after producing its seeds.  Therefore, lengthening the lifecycle of this fast growing herb is essential for its longevity and knowing how to prune dill correctly is key. Cutting the herb regularly will increase its yield by making the plant bushier as well as delaying the development of flowers and seeds.

How to prune dill: step-by-step

Pruning dill starts when the plant is still small, once its got around five leaves – somewhere between four and eight weeks after planting.

How do I prune back dill?

You prune back dill by ‘snipping back the foliage fronds continuously but lightly to encourage healthy growth and prevent flowering. Try not to damage the stems or leaves by using sharp pruning shears,’ advises Gena Lorainne from landscaping experts Fantastic Services (opens in new tab).

How do you cut fresh dill so it keeps growing?

To cut fresh dill so that it keeps growing, you must never cut back more than a third of the plant and be sure to leave enough time for the plant to recover after pruning. This will ensure that the dill is able to regrow after having been cut back.

How to prune dill for floral arrangements

Dill also makes a beautiful addition to cut flower arrangements. For this, the method for how to prune dill is slightly different. Therefore, if you want to grow dill for both floral arrangements and culinary use, it is worth growing separate plants. Avoid pruning the growth tips of the plant so that it can continue to grow and flower. You need to wait until the plant has just started to flower, then cut the stems near the base at bouquet length. ‘As a cut flower, it’s good with whites and blues or rich, brilliant colors to heighten their contrasts,’ suggests plantwoman Sarah Raven (opens in new tab). ‘The flowers last a few days in a vase’. Subscribe to Period Living for more inspiration  (opens in new tab) Period Living is the UK’s best-selling period homes magazine. A subscription provides you with all you need to know about caring for and improving a traditional house and garden

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