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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 - 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 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

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 agree..im 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
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.
26 Nov 17, Sahezad (Australia - temperate climate)
Which is best soil mix ? I live in NSW
10 Feb 17, Pat Mackay (Australia - temperate climate)
I have read that this Confetti Coriander will last longer that the ordinary coriander before running to seed. Has anybody in the temperate area experienced this. Thank you. Pat
13 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Cilantro is, strictly speaking, the name for the leaves and Coriander is the name for the seeds. Just a little bit of trivia for you.
10 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
You are right. Confetti Coriander can be harvested earlier and is slower to run to seed.
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
20 Dec 16, Nola (Australia - temperate climate)
Coriander bolts to seed in hot weather. Once it has gone to the flowering stage you cannot get it back to the leafy format. You can however enjoy the flowers and the seeds that form.
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
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