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This is my first time growing dill (Anethum graveolens) from seed. The seedlings' leaves were initially green, but once the leaves have elongated, the leaves slowly turned red as shown in the photograph below. Is this normal? If not, what could be the issue?

Dill seedling

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This is completely normal. Those are the seed leaves, also known as the cotyledons. They are sort of like a human's first teeth - temporary and fall out when it's time to be replaced.

The cute little branching leaf in the middle is the plant's first 'true leaves'. Your plant will continue to grow these, it doesn't need the seed leaves any more.

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  • The stem turned red too. Is that normal too?
    – Flux
    Commented Jun 21 at 4:25
  • @Flux I think so. Mine turn more of a purple color than shown in your image but otherwise look exactly the same. Enjoy it, one of my favorite herbs :-)
    – MackM
    Commented Jun 21 at 12:28
  • @Flux I finally thought to take a picture of one of my dill seedlings. The seed leaves are gone already, but you can see the purple stem. i.sstatic.net/VsOXinth.jpg
    – MackM
    Commented Jul 1 at 13:14
  • Thank you for the picture. How many weeks did it take for your plant to go from seed to the state shown in your picture?
    – Flux
    Commented Jul 1 at 15:43
  • @Flux Almost 6 weeks, but they are the seedlings I didn't have room to transplant and left crowded in their small pot. They are stunted.
    – MackM
    Commented Jul 1 at 15:55

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