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Why Is My Dill Turning Yellow?

By Julie Christensen ; Updated July 21, 2017
Plant dill in full sun and keep it slightly dry for best growth.
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Dill grows quickly from seed, thrives in full sun and attracts butterflies, ladybugs and bees to the garden. It is a favorite food source of the caterpillar that becomes the swallowtail butterfly. It is generally trouble free, but may develop yellow leaves due to disease or improper growing conditions. Because the herb is an annual, any problems won't likely carry over to the next growing season.


As dill matures, it produces flowers. These flower heads are naturally yellow, which is a normal occurrence and nothing to be alarmed about. Flavor peaks when the flowers form, so cut the yellow heads and leafy foliage to flavor eggs, soups and sauces.

Disease and Insect Pests

Dill suffers few disease problems and most insects attracted to it are beneficial. However, rust and other fungal diseases, as well as aphids, may occasionally attack dill. Spray aphids with a stream of water or insecticidal soap. These leaf-sucking insects take the juices out of stems and leaves, causing them to wither or yellow. Remove yellowed foliage diseased or damaged by insects.


Inadequate light may cause yellow leaves in dill. This herb thrives in full sun with at least six to eight hours of sunlight each day. Dill grown in shady spots of the garden or indoors may show reduced vigor and drooping or yellow leaves. Place dill in a sunny window with southern or western exposure or use a grow light.


Dill prefers slightly infertile soil. Dig organic matter, such as compost or manure into the soil before planting or apply 1/2 cup of 5-10-5 fertilizer per 10 feet of row. Excessive fertilizer causes yellow leaves or soft, mushy stems.


About the Author


Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of MarmaladeMom.org, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."