How to Save Dill (Anethum graveolens) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2744
Family: Apiaceae
Binomial name: Anethum graveolens

Flower Type Perfect, self-fertile
Pollination Insect pollinated
Isolation Distance 500m
Other Isolation Methods Isolate by flowering time.
Population Required for Viable Seeds 5
Population Required to Maintain Variety 20-50
When to Harvest When seeds are brown and dry and before they fall from the plant.
How to Harvest

Cut stems below umbels and dry in a paper bag or on a screen until seed head is dry. Rub seed heads between hands or on a mesh screen to release seeds.

How to Clean

Screen and winnow to remove chaff if necessary.

Image of Seeds Dill (Anethum graveolens)

Isolation may not be necessary if generic seeds (rather than a specific variety) are desired.

What is Seed Saving?

Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use. 

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