How to Grow Cilantro

by Angela Malcolm

I’m guessing you’re looking for ways on how to grow cilantro. But what is cilantro anyway? This a herb addition to any outdoor garden. Not only that, but it also boosts the growth of a single herb. For effective growth, sunlight or light shade is necessary, especially in the southern zones.

Also, it grows well-drained, moist soil with a spacing of 6 to 8 inches apart. To obtain a fresh harvest throughout the season, practice successive sowings every two to three weeks during the spring.

Cilantro Overview

Over the centuries, cilantro has been used in the cooking of Africa, India, Russia, Spain, Mexico, and China cuisine. It’s a native herb among the Middle East and North Africa. Additionally, cilantro seeds are used as antibiotics for insomnia and digestion problems.

[Cilantro coriander]

[Cilantro coriander]

Cilantro Seeds vs Cilantro Plants: Which is Better?

Cilantro is best when directly sown to the ground. This is because it grows so quickly and requires no indoor conditions. And because it develops taproot, you don’t need to transplant cilantro.

[cilantro seeds]

[cilantro seeds]

[cilantro plants]

[cilantro plants]

If you cannot wait until late spring to harvest fresh cilantro, consider growing cilantro in peat pots that are easy to transplant into the garden. The seeds should germinate in about ten days.

How to Plant Cilantro Seeds

[coriander plant]

[coriander plant]

Obtain a container with a depth of 8 inches or a significant size of land. Plough the soil and incorporate compost or organic matter at least 18 inches deep. Wait until it’s late spring and plant your cilantro seeds ¼ inch deep with a spacing of about 6 to 8 inches apart. Meanwhile, water the plants adequately and add nitrogen fertilizer once they attain 2 inches of height.

[liquid fertilizer]

[liquid fertilizer]

It would be best if you grow cilantro plants in spots with adequate sunlight or light shade as they are effective in hot climates. In the case of frost, protect your cilantro plants with row mulches. In about 50 to 55 days, your cilantro plant should be ready for the first harvest.

[cilantro plantation]

[cilantro plantation]

When harvesting, start by picking leaves one at a time. Alternatively, use a pruning shears to chop off ⅓ of the plant and let the remaining plant grow for the next harvest. And because cilantro is a fast bolting plant, harvest the leaves at least a week.

[cilantro harvesting]

[cilantro harvesting]

 

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2 comments

Naomi Hills November 2, 2020 - 7:44 am

Cilantro seeds and powder are one of my favorite spices! I picked up the practice from my Indian colleague.

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Marianne Maurer November 2, 2020 - 12:03 pm

NIce post. Unfortunately, I belong to the people for whom cilantro tastes like soap. But you enjoy!

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