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 - tropical regions)

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 10°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: Thin to 45 cm
  • Harvest in 30-45 days.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dill, Chervil, Anise, Cabbages, Carrots
  • Avoid growing close to: Fennel
  • Coriander/Cilantro
  • 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

26 Jan 20, Adam (Australia - temperate climate)
-- sounds a very good idea, but I don't' have huge garden so basically I know what I am growing. I just grow what I like to eat. ( I wish if I can grow some chicken and meat but yah doesn't work this way) . well, they are very big parsley seed. they look like parsley seeds but they are probably 3 times as big. I will sow them next week and see in a few months what are they if they ever grow. ---------------
27 Jan 20, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Gardening throws up many different things at us. The thing is to think about it from a different angle. All you can do is what you say, try planting them. I just tried planting seeds from a hybrid corn variety, they say they might not throw true to type. I had bicolour corn and yes I grew yellow corn, whitish corn and the yellow and white mix and I don't think it tasted as good as the hybrid. So I won't do that again. All about trying and learning.
16 Jan 20, Roger Davidon (Australia - temperate climate)
Various attempts to grow coriander in pots in Adelaide to no avail, could you please advise on growing conditions, watering, soil type and prep, fertiliser etc. Thank you very much
24 Jan 20, colleen (USA - Zone 10b climate)
I never had any luck with this plant until I ignored recommendations to grow in sun. Once I grew in partial shade, it flourished and stopped bolting. It only likes full sun in cool weather. Also snails love it so I raise my pots off the ground.
17 Jan 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Read the notes here, I suggest you use seedlings. Good friable sandy loam soil, not sand not clay. A light fertilising and my suggestion don't grow it in pots. If in pots PAY attention to it ever day.
16 Jun 20, Chris (Australia - temperate climate)
I say do NOT start with seedlings. That is one of the biggest mistakes you can make with coriander. Transplanting shock often causes them to bolt to seed. Sow seed directly where it is to grow. Partial shade often helps in hotter climates. ( It says that here -
12 Jan 20, adam (Australia - temperate climate)
I had great success in 2019 with coriander in Adelaide. now mid of January I have 2 coriander plants ( already bolting) and they started giving me seeds. The STRANGE thing is both of them gave very weird looking seeds, the seeds look more like parsley seeds!! I am 100% sure they started as coriander so no chance I mixed the seeds up when planting. The other thing I should mention they grow very close to Parsely plants, so is it possible to be cross-pollinated? or is it a different variety of coriander? my plan is to harvest the seeds and plant them again and see what will grow! but I wish if someone can tell me what is going on.
13 Jan 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
I record what I plant - date, crop, variety, fertiliser I used etc. You could take the seeds to a nursery or try looking up on the net what different seeds look like. I purchased the thick stalked celery seedlings from Bunnings for 6 years and every time they grew into open heart, thin stalks, hollow inside, I believe they were Italian parsley. Have never grown them since. Maybe start with some new seeds.
02 Jan 20, Soniya Dahal (Australia - tropical climate)
How can I grow coriander in a pot in humid climate of Darwin??
04 Jan 20, anon (Australia - tropical climate)
Read the notes about when to plant and check them each day or two in a pot especially when the plant is mature.
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