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How to Grow & When to Plant Rau Ram in Your Herb Garden!

Rau Ram blog post
Cilantro is one of our favorite herbs to use in cooking, but our growing season here in Oklahoma makes it difficult to grow because of how hot it gets. Rau ram (Vietnamese Cilantro/Coriander) is a great alternative to cilantro that flourishes in heat and can handle as much sun as you give it. It has a bit more of a kick than traditional cilantro, but we are usually using it in Mexican dishes so we enjoy this extra kick! It is not recommended to start rau ram by seed, but can usually be planted by cuttings from an existing plant or by transplant.

How to Grow:

Rau ram is a warm season crop that can be planted after your last spring frost throughout the summer up until 12 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Rau ram is transplanted 1 per square, in full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Keep your rau ram well watered.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for rau ram:

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You can begin to harvest rau ram within 30-45 days. You can begin to harvest leaves once the plant is established. Do not take more than 1/3 of the leaves at one time.

Cooking & Eating!

Cilantro is one of our go-to herbs in the kitchen and we use rau ram exactly the same! We use this commonly in salads, scrambled eggs, beans, stir-fries, and basically any Mexican or Asian dish!


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One thought on “How to Grow & When to Plant Rau Ram in Your Herb Garden!

  1. That stuff is very common so close to San Jose, but so is cilantro. I do not cook enough to know that it is an alternative to cilantro. Now that I think of it though, it is funny that cilantro is also very popular among the Vietnamese kids I grew up with.

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