Organic Coriander (Cilantro) Seeds
HERB-CORI-1-1Regular price $3.95
Grow some Coriander a add the pungent green leaves to summer salads and your favourite Mexican recipes! Bees love Coriander, but aphids particularly dislike it, so this is a good plant to grow near aphid-prone Roses and Hibiscus.
Our organic Coriander seed packets contain approximately 85 seeds. This is a good amount for three successive plantings in your small garden.
About Coriander (Cilantro)
Coriander (sometimes called Cilantro) is a fresh and fragrant herb that is native to the Middle East. You either love this herb, or you hate it. But chances are if you enjoy Mexican, middle eastern or Thai food, you will enjoy this herb.
This annual herb is perfect for an apartment setting, or a pot - growing to about 40cm high and 50cm wide.. Try it in a tropical, Mediterranean or cottage garden too. For a family or Asian cuisine lovers, we recommend that you think big - aim to plant about three plants so you have enough to see you through the season.
Culinary Uses for Coriander
We love to use the leaves, seeds and even the roots in Mexican and Middle Eastern dishes. Toast the seeds and crush them into your favourite curry paste, or use them to flavour pickles. Chop the leaves and mix them into Tabbouleh or Couscous The leaves also make a great garnish on risottos or in wraps.
Growing Conditions - Coriander (Cilantro)
Coriander likes free-draining soil and cool weather, so it is best planted in early spring or autumn unless you have a cool spot for it. It can bolt (go to seed) quite quickly in hot, dry conditions, in which case we suggest that you collect the seeds and use them in cooking! Chervil, Spinach, Beans, Brassicas, Carrots, Dill and Peas make great companion plants. Avoid planting near Fennel.
Plant Coriander out of the wind, and where it is partly shaded. While Coriander will adapt to most soil types, it prefers a mildly acidic and well draining soil. (Keep the soil moist but don’t overwater). Unfortunately Coriander doesn't like the frost, too much heat, or drought, so it needs a little pampering.
Coriander has long tap roots, so if you are growing it in a pot, ensure that the pot is at least 25cm deep.
- Soak seeds in water for 24 hours before sowing.
- Plant 3-4 seeds per hole, or 5 seeds for a 25cm wide pot
- Direct sow: Early spring or early autumn
- Spacing: Scatter thickly
- Sowing depth: 5mm
- Germination: 7 - 10 days
- Keep soil moist but not soggy
- Thin when the seedlings are 5 cm tall
- Harvest: 65 days (cut leaves as needed)
- Protect seed from the birds!