(Cuminum cyminum) Annual. Cumin is a warm season annual typically grown for its seeds, though the leaves are edible as well. Used ground or whole, cumin seed adds a distinctive flavor to Indian and Mexican cuisines. Try growing this popular spice to add flavor and freshness to your seasoning.
Plants grow 6-12” tall with fine, feathery leaves and umbel flowers that attract beneficial insects.
|Germination Temperature||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Sun|
|65-70||1/4"||7-14||4 seeds every 8”||18"||Full|
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before average last frost. Start outside 1-2 weeks after average last frost and when the temperatures are warm.
Cumin prefers a sunny, sheltered location.
Cumin plants benefit from a little crowding to keep each other supported, so don’t hesitate to grow groups or clumps.
Grows best in average, well-drained soils. Don’t over fertilize. High nitrogen will result in less fragrant seeds.
To harvest seeds, let the seedpods ripen and turn brown, then pick place on a screen for drying. Once dried, rub the pods to remove seeds or thresh upside down into a bucket or bag. Use them fresh or store them in an airtight container.