Use pungent leaves (Cilantro) in Asian and Mexican dishes.
Days To Maturity
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
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Cilantro may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost or in a container, or sown directly in the garden after danger of frost, or planted as a potted plant. The seeds are called coriander and the leafy green part in the cilantro.
Sowing Seed Indoors:
- Sow cilantro seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the average last frost date in spring using a seed starting kit.
- Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed starting formula
- Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
- Seedlings will emerge in 14-21 days
- As soon as the seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill, or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
- Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
- If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
- Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
Sowing Directly in the Garden:
- Direct sow in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost.
- Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
- Sow seeds evenly and cover with ¼ inches of fine soil.
- Firm the soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Seedlings will emerge in 14-21 days.
- Thin to 12 inches apart when seedlings have three pairs of leaves.
Planting in the Garden:
- Select a location in full sun where water drains quickly after a rainfall.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
- Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
- Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball, if tight, with your hands to encourage good root development.
- Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
- Use the plant tag as a location marker.
- Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
- Do not allow plants to dry out, but never let the soil stay wet.
- Sow every 3 weeks during the growing season to ensure steady supply.
- Do not fertilize.
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For herbs, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant's stems to prevent possible rot.
- Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
- Harvest cilantro leaves before the flower stem has developed.
- Harvest coriander seeds once they start turning from green to gray-brown.
- The leaves may be dried or frozen. Use them fresh in Asian and Mexican dishes; they taste is better than the smell.
- The ripe seeds are an important ingredient in curry. They are also used as a pickling spice or sugar-coated and eaten as candy.
SunFull SunDays To Maturity60-90 daysLife CycleAnnualHeight18-24 inchesSpread10-14 inchesAdditional UsesFragrantSow MethodDirect Sow/Indoor SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerThin12 inches
Cilantro (Coriander) is rated out of 5 by 13.Rated 1 out of 5 by Superchomak from Super Bolty Seems to go from tiny seedling to bolted in zero flat. If you want seeds (for the spice coriander) this is the variety for you. If you want cilantro I would recommend a slower bolting variety.Date published: 2015-07-05Rated 5 out of 5 by Scribble from Love this! I love cilantro so I couldn't wait to get it. It arrived in these very cool containers that virtually guaranteed it's safety. Opened it up and they smelled so nice. I have already begun to use a few. But I will let them grow a little more before really making cuttings.Date published: 2015-05-31Rated 4 out of 5 by MonkeyGardens from Not so great this year Only about half of the seeds that I planted germinated... Going to give it a second shot and see how that goes. Wouldn't be surprised if it was the squirrels digging in the soil again....Date published: 2014-05-28Rated 5 out of 5 by chihuahuaman12 from Wonderful Plant Gives You Two Culinary Essentials! This is a wonderful plant! It provides you with fresh cilantro leaves and then produces seeds early! The seeds are coriander. The plant comes tall and leggy but later gets fuller. Give the plant lots of water when you plant it outside. Once acclimated, the cilantro enjoys sunshine and adequate water. I bought the plant because herbs can be difficult to germinate from seed. Harvest 1/3 of the bright green leaves at a time so you don't weaken the plant. Use the leaves to add a kick to many foods. The plant forms seed stalks at the top early in the season. Once the plant dries out, you can harvest the coriander seeds! This easy-to-care-for plant gives you both cilantro and coriander! I would recommend this plant to lots of people! Good Luck! Happy Planting!Date published: 2013-08-14Rated 3 out of 5 by Ricocas from Cilantro Seeds Seeds came as described. All Seeds Germinated easily and grew well. Make sure to space seeds accordingly.Date published: 2012-06-01Rated 3 out of 5 by MissMadamMozart from didn't work to well for me i plated this earlier in the year, in some nice potting soil, aparently it didn't like me to much, it did ok for 3-4 weeks and just stopped and started looking weak, i tried giving it lots of water, i tried letting it dry out a bit, full sun, part sun, part shade, indoors, out doors, little guy just could not enjoy him self, how ever this can be atributed to my lack of experiance, and despite it all it did better then i expected it to, cant wait to try againDate published: 2011-08-31Rated 4 out of 5 by ConcreteyardGardener from tasty This is a great fresh herb. Good for salads and lentil soup, especially. It germinates readily. It's best direct sown outdoors. The first year a grew it, I tried to start it early with other herbs under plant lights but the seedlings were weak and didn't transplant well. They do better and require much less care when direct seeded to the garden (or pots since I don't have a dirt yard and grow everything in pots). Parsley and cilantro thrive in colder temperatures so they can be planted earlier than the seed packets say. My one complaint about the cilantro is that it bolts quickly and cutting it back doesn't really help. Once it flowers, it will keep flowering. In the future, I would plan on reseeding the plants once or twice throughout the growing seasons to replace the old plants once they bolt. They grow pretty fast so that should work.Date published: 2011-03-28Rated 5 out of 5 by 7im8 from Mainstay Herb I agree with the other reviewers. All the seeds come up, and grows well. I didn't have the bolting problem others reported, but seasons in AZ are a little different. It is so easy to grow, just plant a few seeds each month and always have fresh to pick. Very pungent and flavorful. Made pico de gallo with this, the Super Sweet 100s, and the green onions (plus some local limes). Can't beat it.Date published: 2009-04-19