Herb Growing Guide: Cilantro (Coriander)

Growing Cilantro with Flowers

An essential herb for just about every good ethnic dish you’ve probably ever had, growing cilantro (also known as coriander) is a must-do for any kitchen garden. A fast-growing annual herb with a bright, green flavor that’s phenomenal fresh and cooked, cilantro doesn’t transplant well though, so sow its seeds where the plant will live.


Growing Cilantro

Sowing Guide

When to sow indoors Only sow indoors if growing indoors; does not transplant well
When to sow outdoors Cool areas: anytime after last frost until fallWarm areas: fall

Sow every few weeks for continuous harvest

Seed depth 1/4″ – 1/2″
Germination soil temperature 55° – 65°F
Germination length 7 – 12 days
When to transplant Not recommended
Varieties Santo (standard variety)Confetti (frilly leaves)

Calypso (slow to bolt)


Growing Guide

pH range 6.0 – 7.0
Soil temperature 50° – 75°F
Spacing 6″ – 8″
Watering Moderate and even
Light For seeds: full sunFor leaves: partial to light shade
Nutrient requirements N = lowP = low

K = low

Fertilizer schedule Usually not necessary
When to harvest For leaves: whenever leaves are large enough to useFor seeds: After plant goes to seed

Looking for more information and inspiration? Click here to learn how to grow cilantro and how to harvest coriander seeds. Image thanks to Megumi!

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