What Are Some Tips for Growing Cilantro?


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Grow cilantro by planting it in full or part sun, choosing a location with well-drained soil and watering it regularly. Add mulch and fertilizer to the plant throughout the growing season.

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First, only plant cilantro in the spring or fall, before or after hot weather. A summer crop bolts, a term that means it quickly goes to seed. The soil temperature needs to be below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Plant the cilantro seeds in 1/4-inch holes 2 inches apart using loamy, well-draining soil. Give the plants 1 inch of water per week, and then thin the seedlings once they are 2 inches tall from 3 to 6 inches apart.

At this point, water the plants only to keep the soil moist. Add a layer of mulch to the plants to keep the ground moist and cool and protect the shallow roots. Only fertilize cilantro once or twice a growing season using a nitrogen fertilizer.

Harvest the cilantro regularly. Once the weather warms up, the cilantro plant grows a stalk upon which the seeds are located. Allow the seeds to drop for a self-seeding annual plant, and then cut off the stalk. To save the cilantro seeds, a spice called coriander that is used in cooking, snip off the seed heads, and allow them to dry completely before storing them.

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