Botanical Name: Anethum graveolens
Native: Probably South Asia
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual
Plant Dimensions: 30″–36″ tall, bushy plant
Variety Information: ‘Tetra’ has fern-like, softly delicate, dark green, aromatic leaves. It is a late-flowering variety, lending itself to more leaf production; it is used mainly for the leaves, not the seeds. Slow-to-bolt.
Exposure: Full sun.
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F. Successive Sowings: Every 2 to 3 weeks to ensure a continual fresh supply of foliage and seeds.
When to Start Inside: 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground.
Days to Emerge: 20–25 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 4″
Row Spacing: 12″
Thinning: When 3″ tall, thin to 1 every 4″
Harvesting: Fresh foliage can be harvested any time until plant flowers. Cut leaves as close to stem as possible. Seeds should be harvested 2 to 3 weeks after flowering begins, after the flower heads have turned brown. Cut flower heads with stem and place in paper bag before seed becomes too mature and falls to the ground. Heads should be placed in bottom of bag and the top of the bag should be tied shut around the stems. Seeds will fall to the bottom of the bag. Store seeds in airtight glass jar.