These tips and information for planting and growing cilantro will help you in your garden or greenhouse.
Botanical Information: Coriandrum sativum
Cilantro is an herb that is used in ethnic food, commonly. It is delicious in salsa. In dried form, cilantro is called coriander.
Sow cilantro seeds deep directly in the garden in late spring or early summer.
Plant cilantro seeds ½ inch deep and space 2 inches apart if you are planning to use the plant for its leaves. Sow seeds or thin to 6 to 8 inches apart in rows spaced about 1 foot apart.
Companions and Enemies
Some plants can help these plants grow. Cilantro will grow well near other herbs such as basil, parsley and chervil.
On the other hand, some plants will hinder them from growing. The most common are fruit bearing plants like tomatoes and peppers.
Cilantro craves moist soil, so check the soil every couple of days and be sure plants in beds get about an inch of water per week.
Cilantro needs full sun or light shade in southern zones since it grows quickly in hot weather.
he plants are insect pollinated, but will not cross with other vegetables or herbs.
The most common problem with chives are white flies, aphids, and mildew.
Pick leaves off individually or choose small stalks to trim with scissors for fresh use. Harvest fresh cilantro leaves throughout the cool-weather growing season, until the plant bolts; after it bolts, the leaves will taste bitter. Cilantro leaves can be eaten fresh or dried and stored in an airtight container.
Storing & Preparing
Cilantro can be stored in an upside down plastic bag in the fridge. You can keep cilantro this way for up to a month. You’ll want to occasionally add water. When you are ready to use, you can open the bag and tear off what you need.
Planting and Growing Cilantro can be easy with these tips.