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Cilantro/Coriander: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Cilantro is one of our most commonly used herbs in the kitchen. If you let it go to seed, you can get a second herb from the same plant: coriander! Both versions of this plant will give your dish a tasty kick!

How to Grow:

Cilantro is a cool season crop that can be planted after your last spring frost and 13 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Cilantro seeds are planted 1/4 inch deep, 4 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. Cilantro will sprout in approximately 7-14 days with moderate watering.

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 cilantro/coriander:

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You can begin to harvest cilantro  within 50-55 days after sprouting. You may begin harvesting cilantro when the plant is 6 inches tall. Simply pick or cut the cilantro leaves as you desire. If you want to harvest the coriander seeds, cut the entire plant to hang upside down to dry. Once dry, place the dried seeds into a bag.

Cooking & Eating!

Cilantro is one of our go-to herbs in the kitchen. We use this commonly in salads, scrambled eggs, beans, and stir-fries. Coriander seeds are good to use in curries and pickles.

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