How to Germinate Cilantro Seeds


Add spice and flavoring to your favorite entrees with cilantro harvested from your own potted herb garden. Though cilantro plants can be purchased as started plants from a nursery or garden store, germinating your own cilantro seeds at home is usually more budget-friendly. Sow the seeds in the mid-spring or early fall for the longest harvest of this cool weather-loving herb.

Step 1

Fill a gallon-sized pot with standard potting soil. If the pot does not have drainage holes on its bottom, pour an inch of gravel into the bottom of the pot before adding the soil.

Step 2

Sow the cilantro seeds. Plant two seeds in the middle of the pot, spaced about 2 to 3 inches apart and buried 1/2 inch deep.

Step 3

Water the pot. Apply water twice daily or as needed to keep the potting soil moist. The seeds will typically germinate and break the surface of the soil within 10 to 14 days.

Step 4

Remove one of the seedlings once they have reached 1 to 2 inches in height. Pull out the seedling that is smallest and weakest.

Things You'll Need

  • Gallon-sized pot
  • Potting soil
  • Gravel (optional)
  • Cilantro seeds
  • Water


  • "Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide"; Miranda Smith; 1999
  • "Growing and Using Cilantro: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-181"; Glenn Andrews; 1998
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