Cilantro is a fast-growing, aromatic, annual herb that grows best in the cooler weather of spring & fall. Here’s how khổng lồ grow cilantro (and coriander) in yourgarden.

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This herb is used to lớn flavor many recipes và the entire plant is edible, though the leaves and seeds are used mostoften.


Cilantro and coriander aredifferent parts of the sameplant.

Cilantro, Coriandrum sativum, usually refers lớn the leaves of the plant, which are used as an herb. This describes the vegetative stage of the plant’s lifecycle.

Coriander refers to lớn the seeds, which are typically ground & used as a spice. This happens after the plant flowers & developsseeds.

Here’s the difference between an herb và a spice.

Do not grow in summer heat as theplants will bolt (such that it will be past harvesting).The leaves that grow on bolted plants tend to lớn be bitter inflavor.It is best to choose a sunnysite that will allow cilantroto self-seed as it is ought lớn do. Plant in an herb garden or the corner of a vegetable garden. When the weather gets warm, the plant will quickly finish its life cycle & send up a long stalk which will produce blossoms & later seeds. Little plants will sprout during the seasonand the nextspring.Plant the seeds in light, well-drained soil và space them 1 lớn 2 inches apart.Sow the seeds at 3-week intervals for continuedharvest.Spacerows about 12 inchesapart.It is important to keep the seeds moist during their germination, so remember lớn water the plantsregularly.

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Water the seedlings regularly throughout the growing season. They require about 1 inch of water per week for bestgrowth.Thin seedlings to6 inches apart so that they have room to develop healthyleaves.Once the plants are established, they vì not need as much water per week. Keep them moist, but be careful not to lớn overwaterthem.Fertilize once or twice during the growing season with nitrogen fertilizer. Apply 1/4 cup of fertilizer per 25 feet of row. Be sure not to lớn over-fertilizer theplants.
Slow-bolting varieties, such as ‘Costa Rica’, ‘Leisure’, & ‘Long Standing’ are the best choices for harvesting theleaves.
Harvest while it is low. When the cilantro grows its stalk, cut off the plant after the seeds drop and let itself-seed.The large leaves can be cut individually from the plants. For the smaller leaves, cut them off 1-1/2 to lớn 2 inches above thecrown.You can also remove the entire plant at once; however, this means that you will not be able lớn continue harvesting for the rest of the growingseason.


To store coriander seeds, cut off the seed heads when the plant begins lớn turn brown và put them in a paper bag. Hang the bag until the plant dries và the seeds fall off. You can then store the seeds in sealedcontainers.To store cilantro leaves, you can either freeze or dry them. To freeze, put the leaves in a resealable freezer bag & store them in your freezer. To dry them, hang the plant in a warm place until fully dried, then store the leaves in a resealable bag orcontainer.
Does cilantro tastelike soap?Folks occasionally report a strong dislike forcilantro, claiming it tastesexactly lượt thích soap.Some studies show that this reaction may be influenced bygenetics, while otherspropose that the taste is due lớn a molecule called aldehyde, which occurs naturally in cilantro, but isalso used in some soaps. Does cilantro taste like soap lớn you? Let us know in the commentsbelow!

To control for insects, use insecticidal soap once they are spotted underleaves.

Clean up debris và spent plants lớn avoid wilt andmildew.

A common problem with cilantro is its fast growing cycle. As mentioned above, it will not grow properly in the heat of summer. Grow so that you harvest in spring, fall, or winter (in mildclimates).