How to Transplant Cilantro into Small Containers


Cilantro is an herb that belongs to the parsley family, and is also referred to as Mexican parsley or Chinese parsley.The seeds that cilantro grows from are called coriander seeds. The herb originated in southwestern Europe, and was cultivated as early as 5,000 B.C. Ancient Egyptians used cilantro, and the Bible refers to coriander seed (Exodus 16:31). Cilantro grown in the garden can be transplanted into small containers.

Step 1

Fill flower pots half full with potting mix. Create a small well in the center of the potting mix to create a cup for the cilantro plant's root ball.

Step 2

Use a hand trowel to carefully dig up the earth around a bunch of cilantro. The plant's root system is very thin and delicate. It is impossible to keep all of the roots unbroken, but with careful digging, most roots remain healthy and intact.

Step 3

Shake excess soil from the roots of the cilantro plant. If the soil was unusually hard and clay-like, rinse the roots in a pot of water to remove the hard soil deposits.

Step 4

Place the root ball into the potting and mix well in the center of the flower pot. Use your fingers to fan out the roots evenly.

Step 5

Fill the rest of the flower pot with more potting mix. Do not tamp the potting mix down. Water to moisten the potting mix. Rewater when the potting mix feels dry to the touch.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand trowel
  • Flower pots
  • Potting mix


  • University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
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