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Growing Coriander, also Cilantro, Chinese parsley

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S P P              

(Best months for growing Coriander in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays. 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 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: Thin to 18 inches
  • Harvest in 30-45 days.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Dill, Chervil, Anise, Cabbages, Carrots
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Fennel
  • Coriander flowers
    Coriander flowers

Broadcast sow and thin to 45 cm apart. Grows to about 60cm. Harvest 30 -45 days A half-hardy herb with feathery leaves. . Grows more reliably from seeds as coriander is liable to bolt to flower and seed when seedlings are transplanted.

Coriander is frost tender but it doesn't like extreme heat. So in temperate zones grow coriander during summer, in sub-tropical/tropical zones grow it during the cooler season.

Needs a sunny spot and mulch to prevent drying out. Keep very well watered. If they dry out, then they will bolt to seed. Plant in successions (planting new seed every few weeks) to get a continuous supply.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Coriander

Use the leaves to flavour hot meals or add fresh to salads.
The seeds can be dried and ground up for curries.

Your comments and tips

05 Dec 16, lucy piejko (Australia - temperate climate)
My coriander has really shot up like a bush but full of flowers - how do i get it back to normal as the leaves are not growing
11 Aug 16, Andy (Australia - temperate climate)
After years of growing coriander I've settled on two scenerios for success. Firstly when growing the traditional coriander variety, only grow from seed where you want to grow it, as root disturbance during transplant can cause it to bolt, only try growing in the cooler months if you get summer days over 30deg. Also when you go to harvest, harvest the whole plant roots and all and use them in your cooking, harvesting the leaves only will again cause the plant to bolt to seed. The other scenario, and a better option for hot, humid climates or for year round harvest, is to plant 'Saw tooth' or 'perennial' coriander, this stuff is almost bulletproof and will grow from cool climates right up into the humid tropics
18 Sep 16, Donna (Australia - tropical climate)
Thanks for the tips, have always had trouble growing coriander, will definitely try growing from seed and see how I go, thanks again
15 May 16, Barry Smithson (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Dear Mr Sukdhev. Please can you advise the soil requirements of Coriander - alkaline or acid or in between? Can't find any help on the internet. Would appreciate your assistance. Thank you. Barry Smithson
12 Jan 16, Cheryl Jorgensen (Australia - temperate climate)
I have recently moved from Brisbane to Victoria, about 120 kms north of Melbourne. Can I grow coriander here? If so, when and where should I plant it?
31 Dec 15, sandra (Australia - temperate climate)
Help please I live in Brisbane and anyones whoes been here in Summer knows its pretty hot and humid. I desperately want to know how Ii can grow corriander in these conditions without it going to seed. Can I grow it in side in a pot? Please advise
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.
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I have tried many times to grown coriander with no luck. I keep persevering because I like it so much. Every time I plant it, it goes to seed within a very short time without giving me a crop. Have asked the "experts" who give me various bits of advice i.e. not too much water, not too much sun etc etc. We get heavy frosts in my area. How can I stop this plant from going to seed?

- Sue

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