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Cilantro Growing Tips and Advice

Fresh leaves from the herb Cilantro are an essential ingredient for salsa, but the seeds can be ground and used as well. Cilantro is also quite popular in Italian cooking. This self-sowing annual is wind-shy, but thrives in just about any type of garden soil. If you live in especially warm climates, consider planting your cilantro in partially shady areas.


Organic fertilizers are a great way to improve the quality of your soil, which is the first step to successful herb gardening.

Planting Cilantro (Coriander)

Expedite the germination process by washing seeds in dish soap and then rinsing and partially drying them before sowing. Plant your seeds ½ an inch deep and 1 inch apart outdoors after the last frost. Rows should be 15 inches apart. Harvest your seeds as they ripen or their weight will bend or break stalks. Cilantro does not transplant well. When plants are 1 to 2 inches tall, thin plants 8 inches apart. Cut leaves sparingly when 4 to 6 inches high.


Days to Harvest: Any time.
Days to Germinate: 10-18.

Try making oyster stew with cilantro pesto if you like using cilantro in your cooking.

Tips for growing other vegetables:

Pumpkins
Lettuce
Peas
Black Eyed Peas
Spinach
Peppers
Parsnips
Turnips
Okra
Melons
Broccoli

Tips for growing other herbs:

Sage
Rosemary
Parsley
Garlic
Chives
Dill
Basil
Cilantro
Saw Palmetto

Thyme
Oregano
Lemon Balm
Calendula

Lavender
Catnip
Chamomile
Mint



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