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Coriander / Cilantro Greens Seeds

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Coriander / Cilantro Greens Seeds

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Item #H-3535 | 200 Seeds 
Coriander Cilantro Seeds produce foliage (cilantro) that is used in mexican and oriental dishes. The seeds (coriander) are used in curry powders. Package (200 seeds).

How to Grow Cilantro from Seeds

DIRECT SOW

Either directly in ground or in pots, from which seedlings can be easily removed without disturbing the roots. The seeds need to be covered lightly but firmly. Plant seedlings 8-10" apart.

Very popular-two herbs in one. The foliage (cilantro) is used in Mexican and Oriental dishes and the seeds (Coriander) are used in making curry powder. Cilantro needs its own space in the garden where you can harvest and then let it go to seed. It grows fast in the cool weather of spring and fall, creating a rosette of lacy leaves. When the weather gets warm, the plant sends up a long, lanky flower stalk that bears flat umbels of white or pinkish blossoms which later produce coriander seeds.

Plant it in a bed devoted to herbs where it can reseed, or in a corner of the vegetable garden.
In mild climates, cilantro makes a handsome winter companion to pansies. Leaves withstand a light frost.
Cilantro will grow tall and wispy as it starts to bloom. The white flowers later produce the seed we all know as coriander.

  • Grow cilantro in full sun and well-drained soil with a pH of 6.6.
  • Cilantro will tolerate light shade in the lower South.
  • In the South and Southwest, plant in the fall or the spring about a month before the last frost. Fall is the best time to plant in zones 9 and 10.
  • When plants begin to bloom, the foliage becomes scarce; for steady harvest, set out transplants every 3 to 4 weeks until the weather gets warm in spring, or until the first frost of fall. Cilantro frequently self sows and returns the following year.
  • Cilantro occasionally has problems with aphids and whitefly, wilt, and mildew. For the insects, use a soap or insecticidal spray approved for edibles. To prevent or control wilt and mildew, make sure you clean up spent cilantro plants at the end of the season, and remove any infected plants as soon as possible.
  • Harvest cilantro by cutting the leafy stems near ground level. Harvest coriander seeds as they turn dry and brown.
  • You can harvest cilantro's foliage continually in the cooler months of spring and fall and through winter in areas without hard freezes. Harvest by cutting the leafy stems near ground level; they will be 6 to 12 inches long.
  • Avoid cutting more than one-third of the leaves at one time, or you may weaken the plant. Fertilize with fish emulsion or soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer after 4 or 5 harvests.

Harvest the seeds by clipping the brown, round seed heads; place upside down in a paper bag. In a few days, the round husks will dry and split in two, dropping the edible seed inside. Don’t delay seed harvest, or the weak stems will fall over.

Freshly chopped cilantro is an excellent source of potassium, is low in calories, and is good for the digestive system. It is best to use fresh cilantro in cooking since it does not dry very well. Add chopped leaves at the last minute for maximum flavor. Cilantro blends well with mint, cumin, chives, garlic, and marjoram.

Store by freezing the leaves in cubes of water or oil; you can dry them, too, but they lose a lot of their flavor this way, which explains why growing your own is far better than buying it from the spice rack. Store coriander seeds in a cool cabinet or the refrigerator. Use them in curry, poultry, relishes, and pickles.

 

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