How to plant coriander

Coriandrum sativum

Coriander is an annual aromatic herb that can reach almost 1 m in height when it blooms. Its rounded fruits (schizocarps) are generally called “seeds”, but they are formed by two fruit or carpels, each containing a seed. Both leaves and nuts are used in cooking as a seasoning. Younger leaves have a milder flavor than older leaves, which usually have a rather strong flavor.


Coriander can be grown in a wide variety of climates, although it cannot withstand low temperatures. Most coriander cultivars grow best if grown in warm climates.


Coriander can be grown in sunny places or in partial shade with high light. However, plants that grow in full sun generally have more flavor and aroma than those grown in partial shade.


Cultivate cilantro preferably in well-drained, moderately fertile soil, rich in organic matter. Coriander is a rustic plant, which tolerates various soil conditions well, producing leaves with better flavor and more aroma if grown in not very fertile soils.


Irrigate in order to keep the soil always moist when the plant is young, without the soil remaining soaked. When the plant reaches a good development, the watering should be more widely spaced, allowing the soil to dry slightly between irrigation.


Coriander seeds may have a low germination rate and may take a long time to germinate. Soaking the seeds in water for 1 to 3 days can help germination. Temperatures around 27 ° C also help to improve the germination rate.

Plant the seeds in the final location in the garden, up to 1 cm deep. Coriander does not support the transplant well, but it can still be planted in cups made of newsprint or plastic bags and its seedlings transplanted carefully, without touching the root too much, that is, removing the container and leaving the soil clod intact with the seedling.

Coriander can be grown in pots and planters, preferably at least 30 cm deep, as the plant has a long primary root. If grown in smaller pots, its development will be quite limited.


Remove invasive plants that are competing for resources and nutrients.


Harvesting coriander leaves can begin 30 to 70 days after germination. Harvest the entire plant or harvest only the outermost leaves when necessary, trying not to remove more than a third of the leaves so as not to weaken the plant too much.

For the harvest of the seeds, the fruits can be harvested when they are yellowish or almost dry, placing them in a container that must be in a well ventilated place and in the shade, to finish drying.

Coriander is an annual plant.

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