How to Grow Cilantro

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Cilantro is a plant that we all use a lot when cooking, although it is not commonly known by its real name, which is coriander. It is a very useful ingredient for flavoring different foods and is used in a lot of kitchens and is one of the herbs that are very easy to grow yourself. Growing cilantro saves money since you don’t have to keep buying it and it also smells very nice which can add a nice aroma to a room or a garden, depending on where you choose to grow the plant. It can be grown either inside or out, but if you are growing it outside then you should always wait until the coldest months of the year are over before you plant it. This is especially true if you are growing cilantro straight from its seeds, because they will not sprout if it is too cold. Cilantro is an herb from the parsley family and it is an ingredient in a lot of Tex-Mex and Asian recipes.

Growing cilantro

  • To begin with, you have to wash the cilantro seeds in dish soap and then rinse them completely. Make sure to let them air dry till they are no longer wet. Plant the cilantro outside in well-drained soil and in full sun unless you live in a very hot climate then you want to plant them in the shade.
  • Make sure to space the cilantro seed around an inch apart and a half-inch deep into the soil. The rows must be at least 15 inches apart and plant only when the risk of frosts is over.
  • When your plants are six-inches tall you can harvest the cilantro leaves. You have to cut the leaves which are farther away from the central stalk. If you want to harvest coriander seeds then you should cut leaves sparingly as the cilantro plants grow. If you don’t want any seeds then continue to trim the flower heads from the plants.
  • When your cilantro plants are two years old you have to cut the stems of the dead flowers. Take the heads and tie them together and then hang them upside down over a container so the seeds can fall inside and dry out. If you don’t cut the flower stalks the cilantro will continuously reseed itself every few weeks.
  • If you want to maximize your cilantro leaf harvest get a big planter and fill it with well-draining soil. Wet the soil and mix it the cilantro seeds with sand. Afterward spread them evenly and then cover the seeds with a light layer of soil.
  • Make sure to place the planter in full sunlight unless it’s a very hot climate, then in the shade. In seven to ten days cilantro seeds will start to sprout and then you can harvest the plants weekly.
  • Cut leaves from an area of the planter and the next time you cut leaves cut from a different spot. You will continue to get a supply of leaves.

Author: Rasma Raisters

I am a poet and writer. I dream big and enjoy life.


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22 thoughts on “How to Grow Cilantro”

  1. Vaan Carpio says:

    Ive been using coriander for a while now on my cooking and i havent thought of growing it on my own backyard. This is an excellent find which gave me an idea to do so. I’ll start digging small portion on my garden and start growing it.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      Believe me, it will be well worth it, Vaan. Homegrown is always the best.

  2. Marian Andrea says:

    Me sirvió mucho, yo siempre cultivaba el cilantro de dos pulgadas de grosor en la tierra y ahora que tengo las instrucciones correctas ya tengo una planta saludable de cilantro

  3. Marian Andrea says:

    Me sirvió mucho, yo siempre cultivaba el cilantro de dos pulgadas de grosor en la tierra y ahora que tengo las instrucciones correctas ya tengo una planta saludable de cilantro, y me encanta su sabor en la cocina

  4. ashwath narayana says:

    thank u for this useful tips..

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      You’re welcome, Ashwath

  5. suma mathew says:

    Cilantro or coriander leaves act as good garnishing for finally prepared dish. It is basically adding an aroma to the dish. It is good for people suffering from iron deficiency.

  6. Monir Uzzaman says:

    Cool and easy information About How to Grow Cilantro. thank you for sharing.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      You’re welcome, Monir

  7. suma mathew says:

    Cilantro otherwise known as coriander leaves is good as a garnisher on dishes. It gives that aroma for the dish prepared. It is healthy and good in Iron. Good article!!!!

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      Thank you, Suma

  8. dej says:

    i really liked this article as it helped me to know about how can we grow cilantro. thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      You’re welcome, Dej. I always have dried cilantro on hand if needed but fresh is always better

  9. sam says:

    interestin article This is an excellent way which gave me an idea to cooking using coriander for a while so. I’ll start digging small portion on my garden and i will start growing it.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      You’ll be glad you did Sam. Fresh is always better.

  10. Hira Khan says:

    it has many benefits for the health and also gives an amazing texture to the food. it will be amazing to grow at home.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      It is fairly simple to grow and makes a big difference when using fresh in food, Hira.

  11. Radha sapkota says:

    It is really a great idea to grow coriander like this.It is really useful and thank you very much.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      You’re welcome, Radha.

  12. Deepak T says:

    Very nice technique to grow at home . This is also very nutritious for our body.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      And fresh is always the best, Deepak.

  13. Kan Durga says:

    Useful Post. This is almost similar to growing coriander plant.

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