Also known as Cilantro or Chinese Parsley, Coriander plants can be grown from seed collected, seedlings available for sale from most nurseries or from seeds purchased online.
Both the roots and the leaves are used as essential ingredients in Asian and Indian cuisines. In Asia only fresh coriander is used to create that ‘essential taste’ so if you like asian cooking, grow your own,
Coriander ‘calypso’ was developed in the UK and is one that has been selected as it is ‘slower to bolt’, it seems to branch from lower than the other varieties and is one that can be treated as ‘cut’ and ‘come again’. It will reach around 30 – 40 cm and is an excellent variety for a container. Its quick and you can usually get 3-4 cuts from it. Around 6 weeks from seed to harvest.
Some of the best tips on how to grow coriander include: keeping the soil moist and not allowing to much afternoon sun, as dryness and to much heat cause coriander to ‘bolt’ or ‘go to seed’.
Widely in the Middle East, China and Asian counties where it is an essential ingredient in many traditional and contemporary dishes. Coriander is also said to be rich in nutrients. Coriander can be grown in the home garden and used in a tagine, salads or as an addition to pesto.
Best grown from seed and planted directly into the garden or pot where you intend to grow it.
A humus rich moist soil is best and coriander (cilantro or chinese parsley) seeds are best sown after the risk of frosts is over.
Remember that coriander tends to ‘bolt’ in warmer weather, so grow early in the season or in a cool position.
Coriander is best sown sequentially, sow some seeds every 3 weeks in the season. Once coriander begins to flower it stops producing new leaves. Coriander does not like excessive heat, so some protection from hot afternoon sun during warmer months is a good idea. Keep plants moist.
Coriander seeds can be collected and kept for the next season.
Basic tips on how to grow coriander include:
- planting in spring through to late summer
- keeping the soil moist
- growing in part shade or under shade cloth
- planting successively to prolong growing season. (try planting 1 row every 3 weeks from spring to late summer)
You can buy Coriander seeds from the following suppliers
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