How to Start Cilantro Seeds


Cilantro is a beneficial herb to grow in the home garden. It is used in cultures all over the world for cuisine, particularly in Thai, Chinese, Mexican and Vietnamese. The slightly tangy herb adds flavor to soups, salsas, sauces, pasta dishes, meat dishes, salads and sometimes even desserts. Some people confuse cilantro and coriander as the same herb, and, in fact, cilantro is the leaf while coriander are the seeds. Keep in mind that cilantro cannot tolerate frost or extreme heat, so plant during your regional seasons accordingly. Growing cilantro from seed is the easiest way to do it, as this herb hates to be transplanted.

Step 1

Wash the cilantro seeds in dish soap and rinse thoroughly. Let them dry on a paper towel.

Step 2

Select rich organic potting soil for the planting spot, whether it is in the ground outdoors or in a planter pot. The soil must be loose and well-draining.

Step 3

Decide on the planting site. If you are planting during a cooler time of year, pick a spot in full sun. For hot climates, plant cilantro seeds in the shade.

Step 4

Plant cilantro seeds about 1 cm deep, keeping the plantings about 5 cm apart. Sprinkle dirt lightly over the seeds. Spritz with a water bottle to moisten them.

Step 5

Water your cilantro seeds daily with the spray bottle for about a week. After this point, it is important to keep the soil consistently moist but not soaked. Use mulch around the planting site to help retain water if necessary.

Step 6

Observe the cilantro seeds until they germinate, about two to three weeks. Continue to provide them with adequate sunlight and consistent watering.

Step 7

Fertilize the cilantro seeds after germination when they are young with light feedings of fish emulsion and seaweed. Follow the application directions on the brand you choose carefully.

Things You'll Need

  • Cilantro seed
  • Water
  • Paper towel
  • Potting soil
  • Trowel
  • Water bottle
  • Fertilizer


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