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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 USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • 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 beside): Dill, Chervil, Anise, Cabbages, Carrots
  • Avoid growing close to: 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

20 Dec 17, Malcolm Naidoo (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I want to grow Coriander, mint and curry leaf for the purposes of wholesale. Any tips on where do I start with regards to growing them.
21 Sep 17, Hedia Paaka (New Zealand - temperate climate)
This is the first time I have started growing coriander, the seedlings are starting to pop up. Would you recommend coriander and parsley be grown in the same pot. Thanks.
19 Aug 17, Themba (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi Is it true that boiling corriander and drinking its water helps in curing prostrate cancer?
01 Jul 17, georganne (Australia - temperate climate)
But andy Youre not suggesting that growing coriander from seed makes it less likely to bolt, are you? Yes...i finding it best to avoid growing it here in Wollongong as weather gets warm bc it bolts to seed very quickly.....and yes ive grown the sawtooth before...its not as nice. ...and much more chewy and tough....but it hives the fkavohr...just not the volume that normsl coriander does....mmmm....should try and get some to plant in october
11 May 17, Jos (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Coriander seed sold to be used in cookingoften doesn't give very good results. Not worth the hassle
12 May 17, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
There's a fair change that the seed has lost its viability but still okay for cooking.
16 Apr 17, Makhetha (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Is there any need to plant coriander in rows?
17 Apr 17, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
No, Mother Nature doesn't grow anything in rows.
15 Apr 17, Sandra Truran (Australia - temperate climate)
I would like to know how to look after potted coriander please?
15 Apr 17, Ken (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Coriander should grow easily in a pot. Use a good potting mix and ensure that the mix drains well so that the plant is not sitting in water. It is always a challenge keeping the water up to plants in pots especially if they are in a sunny spot.
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There's a fair change that the seed has lost its viability but still okay for cooking.

- Jack

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