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Growing Coriander, also Cilantro, Chinese parsley

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Coriander in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: Thin to 45 cm
  • Harvest in 30-45 days.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Dill, Chervil, Anise, Cabbages, Carrots
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Fennel

Your comments and tips

14 Feb 17, The Delectable Garden (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Sandra I've done the move like you and no-one tells you what a huge difference there is going to be in your gardening, both what you can grow and when! The short answer is you cannot grow coriander in summer in Brisbane! It will almsot always bolt straight to seed or die as soon as you plant seedlings. You could try sowing some seeds in a pot and grow it indoors. Personally I haven't found this terribly successful. You can get the perenial coriander, but I'm not a fan. If you want to use this, my tip is to put in big chunks of leaves so that you can get the coriander flavour but remove the unpalatable leaves before serving! The other option (for next year) is to freeze coriander in several ziplock bags when it is growing in winter/spring and use these in curries etc in summer. Not good if you want fresh coriander. For this you will have to try the organic markets during summer. Rohanne, The Delectable Garden
02 Jan 16, tastyvish (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Coriander is easy to grow, particularly in moderately hot climate.It can be grown easily in pot near window seal.Picking regularly will prevent the plant from going to seed like basil.
03 Jun 15, Kate Bryant (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Can I grow Coriander in my little greenhouse. we had minus 6 last night. .
05 Jun 15, Marcel (Australia - temperate climate)
They thrive in the cooler weather, only problem is they don't like frost. If your green house can keep soil temps above 5 (preferably 10) then you should thrive. They'll only go to seed when the temperature increases so if you're after seeds you might not have much luck any time soon. You should have a long harvest period with the cool weather. I've got a dozen plants in the ground outside at present, with a temperature range between 5-20 and lots of sun, they're really happy.
12 Dec 14, Jannie Crow (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
My coriander has all come up in the pot, it was sown 2 weeks ago, will it grow and supply me with a crop through the hotter weather? or will it go to seed.
19 May 14, Pam kin (Australia - temperate climate)
Something is eating my coriander at night, doesn't touch the parsley and seems to eat only the leaves, leaves the stems
18 Aug 14, Judy (Australia - arid climate)
Mine too!! Except it ate the whole plant! It ate my thyme seedlings too. You know I have a sneaky suspicion it was actually my neighbour's cat! Did you find out what ate yours?
08 May 14, Andrea (Australia - temperate climate)
I too live in Sydney. I have never had any luck growing cilantro. My last plantings died in the torrents of rain soon after planting. I have one plant struggling for survival in a pot. That's almost dead too. So sad. No problem with parsley though.
18 Oct 13, Tejinder (Canada - Zone 7b Mild Temperate climate)
Coriender is excellent for flavour. My wife loves so I grow it in my garden to keep her smiling. This year in mid September it stated giving seed. I did not uproot them. let them grow and mature seed. On the other side i seed coriender from my previous seed stock, it was. excellent germination. plants were growing very well. I was aware that October will be harsh. My tomato plants were the first to shed leaves. Fruits were rottenning . I took old hose pipe and cut them in 5 feet pieces. To give strength to the soft pipe I inserted bamboos sticks in them and then made the hoops over the crop. I covered the rows of coriander with pipe hoops and plastic sheets of painter. I could able to save and survive my coriender tender plants. I measured temp of in and out on very sunny day. It was 29oc inside and it was 22oc out. I told my daughter my plants are burning inside i must ventilate. I opened the ends of hoop also lifted sides of plastic. My question is when to ventilate, how often, what should be the thickness of plastic sheet.Is thickness is important. yes, I forgot. when my plants matured in september 15, I seeded the seed in soil to if they germinate or not My all seed germinated. so I concluded the coriender seeds does not have any dormant or dormancy period before sowing.
01 Sep 13, Matt (Australia - temperate climate)
I love coriander, I have been told that it has phytochemicals that reduce the feelings of guilt in people. Can anyone tell me if this is at all true?
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