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Rau Ram (Vietnamese Cilantro): How to Grow and When to Plant this Hot Weather Cilantro Alternative in Your Backyard or Patio 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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