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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 = 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

Your comments and tips

14 May 09, Brad (Australia - temperate climate)
I initially struggled with Coriander in Perth. First time round slugs and snails got the young plants. When I then planted in spring they bolted or struggled with heat. Seed left in the ground germinated April-May and grew brilliantly over winter. So I now plant then in Autumn, keep snails away when they're young and an occasional liquid feed keeps them happy. I thin out young plants for leaf & roots and then as the remaining plants are established take a little leaf as I need it, which they tolerate well. You get a lot of seed from one plant if you let it go - but be sure to catch the seed early or it will self seed. Best grow direct from seed, but I've had success moving very young seedlings not older plants.
20 Jul 09, sjsjs (Australia - temperate climate)
I have sowed coriander during the month of May. It didn't even germinated?What should I do?
22 Jul 09, Boz (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi sjsjs, I would suggest that you try again in September (for a temperate area). I started with one plant which went to seed quickly. I collected most seeds but then left the rest to self-sow and now have plenty of plants growing strong through Winter. The great thing is that I have plants at different stages of their life-cycle so I always have a fresh supply ready. I suggest using plenty of sugar-cane mulch to prevent weeds and insects, and reduces watering needs.
11 Aug 09, Kandy (Australia - temperate climate)
I've tried coriander numerous times in pots and it always dies off. For some reason, I ended up putting coriender seedlings straight into the garden in about May, and now I have coriander 'trees', one two feet high! All my friends are swapping for other plants. I have no idea what to use them for! Mine have morning sun which fades about 2pm. They're in a clay soil, and I surround them with mulch. Goodluck!
26 Aug 09, Rama (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Melbourne. I put seeds some time in March April. It needs to be above 20 C for a few days for it to germinate. Then it gets cold here in Melbourne. After about 3-4 weeks, I start picking leaves only. Then in about 10-15 days, it is ready to pick. This goes on till it warms up in October/November. I get plentiful supply of fresh coriander all through April to October/November. I need rarely water, is it is cold enough. Also I plant in shade (of the fence), and it does not seem to matter much. I just buy the cooking coriander seeds available in Indian Grocery store (500 grams costs a few dollars) and use it as seed. What I find is that the leaves from this coriander has a lot more flavour - When I pick with bare hands, the smell does not go even after a casual wash with soap! I have been doing this for the last decade. Right now I have coriander planted at three spots - a total of about 2 sq metres.
18 Apr 12, Paul (Australia - temperate climate)
That's the way I buy coriander seed at Asian grocery store's, mega value. You also have enough so you can have a split in growth and supply ready all the time.
30 Aug 09, Diane (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
I want to grow a crop of coriander in the polytunnel between September and March. Has anyone had any success during these months, in the UK or other cool/temperate climate. Ideally I'd like to harvest around .5 of a kilo each week.
15 Sep 09, Peter (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I tried some coriander last year and it didn't do much of anything. Then during winter I noticed a few small plants had popped up on their own! Those are now big, healthy plants and spring has only barely begun. Finally I have good coriander and without having to do a thing. If you are in Melbourne like me, I'd advise to plant the seeds in early/mid autumn, so the plant can establish itself over winter.
27 Jan 10, ashley (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am a great coriander fan and my wife is Thai so you can imagine it gets plenty of use. I have been trying to grow from seed while she is away .. I have tried direct sowing in the garden without success had some success with seed brought direct from farm in Thailand (seedlings had small bluish tip when germinating in potting mix, some transplants worked. Currently trying to grow from seed harvested both locally and from the imported plants. Used potting mix in pots this time but nothing showing after 3 weeks , very hot weather , kept up water and used all purpose bead fertiliser in modest quantities. Any and all advice appreciated . Location Tweed heads.
14 Feb 10, Julie Lake (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Mainly for Ashley at Tweed Heads - I live at Tamborine Mtn and have grown coriander for years - rule is, plant seed in autumn (or buy young plants in winter) and grow through winter, harvest in late spring. Save seed and sow again in, say, April-May. Don't even think of trying to grow in summer!
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