Learning how to grow cilantro takes a little knowledge. And learning when to plant cilantro seeds is key to growing cilantro successfully to get the most from your cilantro harvest.
Coriander is actually another name for cilantro seeds and these seeds are used as a culinary herb in many international dishes.
Growing cilantro takes a little practice, but once you understand how to take care of this plant - it can actually replicate on its own. When you learn how to grow cilantro, you will be able to add this unique flavored herb to your meals in many different ways.
Growing cilantro should be done in early Spring and Fall when the weather is cool. This plant flourishes with cool nights and sunny days.
Cilantro can even withstand a slight frost especially if the leaves are covered. However, growing cilantro in hot weather causes it to bolt to flowers. Also, some say transplanting cilantro is not ideal for this plant, so it may be best to sow seeds where you want them to grow.
Cilantro is similar to parsley in taste as well as in appearance only with a more citrus like flavor. Cilantro plants will grow to about 2 feet in height.
Cilantro leaves can be cut at any time during their growth period, but waiting until your plant is about 6 inches tall will give your plant optimum leaf growth.
Harvesting leaves will encourage growth, so harvest at least once a week. Young leaves are the best tasting, but start by removing the outer leaves.
The cilantro plant lives a relatively short life (approx. 6 to 7 weeks), so these leaves will not be available for too long - especially once it gets too warm.
The closer it gets to June 21st, the quicker cilantro goes to seed or flowering. By the way, you can also use cilantro flowers as an edible garnish.
Pinching off the flower heads of cilantro may slightly deter it from going to seed, but once cilantro has set its mind to flower - it will. Cilantro will develop a flower stalk prematurely when soil temperature exceeds 75 degrees F.
So when the weather gets warm or when the plant is near the end of its cycle, it sends up a long flower stalk that bears white or pinkish flowers which later turns into cilantro seeds.
Once cilantro plants begin to seed, you can collect the seeds and use them as a spice or save them to replant for next season. Wait for the flower heads to dry, then inspect the seed pods to make sure they are brown and easily crack open.
As soon as your cilantro seeds turn brown, you can cut the stalk and stick the whole thing upside down into a big paper brown bag. You can mark the paper bag and leave the seeds to dry for a couple of weeks if needed. Then shake the bag hard till coriander seeds fall out of the pods.
You can also take the pods and roll them around in the palm of your hand till they break open. Make sure to store them in an airtight container in a cool area.
What is Coriander?
Coriander are the seeds of the cilantro plant and it is also a renowned aphrodisiac.
Ground coriander is a prized flavor in many International cuisines and it is described as a cooling spice.
All parts of the cilantro plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried coriander seeds are the parts most commonly consumed.
Coriander seeds have a earthy lemony citrus flavor when crushed and finely ground seeds have a thickening effect when used in cooking. Coriander can also be roasted or heated on a dry pan before grinding to enhance and alter its aroma.Go to How to Grow Parsley