Info: Cilantro is an excellent herb that even has two uses: using the leaves as a fresh herb and the dried aromatic seeds as a spice. The fine leaves have an extraordinary taste and refine many Oriental, Mediterranean and Asian dishes. It is a quite undemanding plant and easy to grow.
Sowing & cultivation: Sow the seeds indoors 1cm deep into 7cm pots containing normal potting compost (later transplant into 20 cm pots) or outdoors in rows 30 cm apart in ordinary garden soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Coriander plants do best in a hot, sunny spot on normal garden soil which can also be e little more sandy or limy. Thin out the seedlings to 20 to 25cm apart. Water regularly and feed them with a bit of liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks. Coriander leaves will be ready to harvest in about 1,5 months. The seeds are ready to harvest when they begin to turn brown. Coriander repels harmful insects such as aphids, spider mites and potato beetle.
|Botanical name||Coriandrum sativum|
|Sowing||March to August|
|Location||sunny, well-drained, limy, sandy soil|
|Harvesting||from end of April|
|Height||45 - 60 cm|