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Growing Coriander, also Cilantro, Chinese parsley

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                  P P P

(Best months for growing Coriander in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: Thin to 18 inches
  • Harvest in 30-45 days.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dill, Chervil, Anise, Cabbages, Carrots
  • Avoid growing close to: Fennel
  • Coriander flowers

Broadcast sow and thin to 45 cm apart. Grows to about 60cm. Harvest 30 -45 days A half-hardy herb with feathery leaves. . Grows more reliably from seeds as coriander is liable to bolt to flower and seed when seedlings are transplanted.

Coriander is frost tender but it doesn't like extreme heat. So in temperate zones grow coriander during summer, in sub-tropical/tropical zones grow it during the cooler season.

Needs a sunny spot and mulch to prevent drying out. Keep very well watered. If they dry out, then they will bolt to seed. Plant in successions (planting new seed every few weeks) to get a continuous supply.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Coriander

Use the leaves to flavour hot meals or add fresh to salads.
The seeds can be dried and ground up for curries.

Your comments and tips

07 Nov 18, Ingo (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I have grown Coreander now 3 times but the leaves are tasteless no coriander tast. Can someone explain please.
09 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Suggest you try a different variety. Try the internet for different seeds.
21 Jul 18, Daniela - Sydney (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have bought a Coriader plant fro the local Aldi. I was wandering if I could plant it oudside.
23 Jul 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Plant outside Aug/Sept it says for sub-tropical
30 Apr 18, Mohammed (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Tips for corriander leaf production in sydney
01 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It says plant May June and Aug Sept. Good rich soil and water regularly. Read the notes on it. Check the internet also.
20 Dec 17, Malcolm Naidoo (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I want to grow Coriander, mint and curry leaf for the purposes of wholesale. Any tips on where do I start with regards to growing them.
21 Sep 17, Hedia Paaka (New Zealand - temperate climate)
This is the first time I have started growing coriander, the seedlings are starting to pop up. Would you recommend coriander and parsley be grown in the same pot. Thanks.
19 Aug 17, Themba (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi Is it true that boiling corriander and drinking its water helps in curing prostrate cancer?
01 Jul 17, georganne (Australia - temperate climate)
But andy Youre not suggesting that growing coriander from seed makes it less likely to bolt, are you? Yes...i finding it best to avoid growing it here in Wollongong as weather gets warm bc it bolts to seed very quickly.....and yes ive grown the sawtooth before...its not as nice. ...and much more chewy and tough....but it hives the fkavohr...just not the volume that normsl coriander does....mmmm....should try and get some to plant in october
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