Growing Dill Hydroponically
Dill is takes well to hydroponic growing. Unlike herbs such as basil and parsley, dill does not keep producing foliage as it is pruned. Therefore, to assure a steady supply of dill, plan on successive plantings about every 3 or 4 weeks.
Buy seedlings or grow them yourself from seed. The very best variety of dill for hydroponic growing is `Fernleaf' dill sold in most garden centers and in many seed catalogs. `Fernleaf' is a shorter, more compact form that grows to only about 18 inches, while offering bushy foliage for snipping. ‘Bouquet’ dill is still compact but grows to about 30 inches.
Succession Planting - Plant a series of young dill plants for hydroponic growing. Start with two seedlings, then start two more in 3 weeks. In 3 or 4 more weeks, add yet another pair of seedlings among the established ones. As they mature progressively, they provide a constant supply of dill.
Outdoors - Dill wants full sun if the hydroponic system is set outside, meaning 5 or 6 hours of sun each day.
Indoors - To grow dill indoors, you can set up the system on a sunny kitchen counter or near a south facing window that admits plenty of sun. However, you get much better results using artificial lighting. Flourescent bulbs are good and high intensity lights are better.
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Harvest hydroponic dill much the same as you do with your dill out in the garden.
More Information - For complete instructions for hydroponic growing techniques go to Hydroponic Gardening and for all equipment and supplies go to Hydroponic Equipment in the Yardener's Tool Shed.