how do i grow cilantro?
Ideally start your cilantro plant in the container it will grow in.
We recommend direct sowing your cilantro, they can be fussy to transplant due to their taproot. You can direct seed cilantro about 1/2" deep at a spacing of 9 per square-foot, after danger for frost has passed. Germination will take about two weeks. Try succession planting your cilantro every 2-3 weeks for a continuous supply of cilantro all season long!
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Cilantro leaves can be picked anytime once the plant is 6-8 inches tall. The leaves are best used when they are fresh. You can either pick the outer leaves as needed, or use the "cut and come again" method. If you are using the cut and come again method, cut the entire plant down to 1-2" or slightly above the tiny middle shoots, leaving the root system intact. The plant will continue to grow more leaves throughout the season.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
If it bolts, try just leaving it in the ground and harvest the seeds as coriander. Or save them for next season's planting of cilantro. If you let Cilantro flower, it can attract many beneficial insects that help naturally keep the presence of pests to a minimum! Cilantro is a companion plant to just about every other veggie in the garden!
¼ cup: Vitamin K (16%), Vitamin A (5%)
Preparing and using
Cilantro is a vital ingredient to many dishes, especially in Mexican food! You can add your cilantro to salad, fish or beans.