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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 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

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.
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.
07 Jan 17, Fui Ching Chiang (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Where can i order coriander/cilantro seeds for growing in my garden? I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. Thank you.
08 Jan 17, Alison (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Koanga seeds is great. I let mine seed in the garden and have constant coriander :)
08 Jan 17, Liz (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
You can order seeds on-line. Try
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