(Coriandrum sativum) Annual. This cilantro is a cool season annual that was specifically bred to resist bolting and allow for a longer harvest. It won’t flower and go to seed as quickly as other varieties, but when it does, the seeds can be gathered and ground for fresh coriander.
Highly aromatic and spicy. An essential ingredient in Asian, Indian, and Mexican cuisines. Use it fresh for salsas, soups, salads, meat and fish. If left to flower, it serves as an attractor for many beneficial insects. Coriander seeds can be used to create pickling spice, curry and chili powders.
A good container variety.
|Germination Temperature||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Sun|
|60-80||1/2"||10-15||3 seeds every 6"||8"||Partial to Full|
Sow outside 1-2 weeks before average last frost. Cilantro does not like to be transplanted.
Seed requires darkness to germinate. Sow at recommended depth of 1⁄2".
Shelter your cilantro from the afternoon heat. Plant where it will receive some shade. Spacing cilantro seeds closer together helps each plant shade the next one too.
Fertilizing regularly with nitrogen will help to promote leafy growth.
Cut flower heads to help delay the plant going to seed. Once you do let it flower, however, you will have the added benefit of attracting numerous pollinators to your garden.
Foliage can be harvested and enjoyed fresh anytime. Harvest seeds when they begin to turn brown and crack, but before they fall from the plant. Save the seeds to use for spices or replanting.
Cilantro/Coriander is a benefical companion plant that is great at repelling aphids and spider mites. It will also attract lacewings, ladybugs, and other beneficial insects to your garden.
Plant with beans, peas, spinach.