Grow Cilantro herbs from freshly harvested Coriandrum sativum herb seeds. There's nothing like adding freshly cut herbs to a culinary dish. Cilantro is grown as an annual herb, serving its purpose for one growing season. The plants themselves will grow to a mature height of roughly 24 to 30 inches tall and about 12 inches wide.
Cilantro is a must when it comes to making salsa's and is popularly used in many Mexican dishes. It's flat, Parsley like leaves can be harvested in roughly 60 to 90 days. If sown every two weeks this packet will provide enough plants to last all season long plus some.
- Type: Herb
- Season: Annual
- Heirloom: Yes
- Color: Green Leaves
- Height: 24" - 30" Tall
- Width: 12" Spread
- Harvest: 60 to 90 Days
- Uses: Culinary
- Environment: Full Sun / Light shade
Sowing The Seed
Cilantro seeds can be sown indoors or directly outdoors. If started indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow the seeds at a depth of 1/4” under topsoil. Direct sow or transplant outdoors when all danger of frost has passed. If direct sowing outdoors, make sure to clear your sowing area of all unwanted plant life and weeds.
Cilantro will enjoy an area of full sunlight to light shade. It does particularly well in mild temperatures of 65F to 75F and doesn’t like the heat of summer. Cilantro plants will adapt to many soil conditions, though it does prefer a rich, dark soil that’s filled with nutrients. The plants will need a fair amount of water, but just make sure the soil is well drained. Adding a light compost to any area consisting of hard compact soil will improve drainage.
Germination & Growth
Your Coriander will begin to show life within as little as 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants will grow to a mature height of about 30 inches tall and can take up a fair amount of space. Space each plant roughly 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. To harvest, wait until the plants are at least 6 inches tall, snipping 2 to 3 inches off of each plant to allow for continued growth. Excessive heat may cause the plants to bolt, which simply means that the plants will seed soon after.