7 Tips to Grow Cilantro From Seeds

Choose the Right Time

Plant cilantro in late spring (March to May in the Northern Hemisphere) or during cooler, dry periods in the fall for tropical climates; consider starting seeds indoors to avoid bolting in hot weather.

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Prepare the Garden Spot

Select a sunny spot with well-drained soil, and cultivate the soil with organic mulch if desired; ensure a pH of 6.2 to 6.8, and rake the area smooth.

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Plant Cilantro Seeds

Sow cilantro seeds 1⁄4 inch deep, 6 to 8 inches apart in rows 1 foot apart, ensuring frequent watering for germination within 2 to 3 weeks; plant new batches every 2 to 3 weeks for a continuous supply.

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Care for Cilantro

Fertilize seedlings with compost or organic fertilizer when they reach 2 inches in height, avoiding over-fertilization; reduce water once plants establish, maintaining damp soil.

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Prevent Overcrowding

Thin seedlings when cilantro is 2 to 3 inches tall, leaving 8 to 10 inches between plants; use mulch to prevent weeds around visible plants.

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Harvest Cilantro

Harvest by cutting leaves and stems near ground level when stems are 4 to 6 inches tall; avoid cutting more than one-third at once to maintain plant strength and ensure continued growth.

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Decide on Flowering

Decide whether to cut flowers for prolonged leaf production or allow flowering for coriander seed harvest; collect dried seeds for future planting or allow self-sowing for the next season.

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