Coriander, also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking. Growing Cilantro or Coriander from seeds is fairly easy and cheap. Seeds should cost no more then .50 cents to $1.99 per packet. You only need one packet per planter pot.
Cilantro or Coriander seeds.
Large 10 to 12 inch deep potter. I am just using vegetable cans.
Potting Soil. The cheap stuff is fine. I bought a huge bag for $2.99.
Bottled water. I don’t trust tap water.
Time and patience.
Light: Growing Cilantro likes bright light, but dislikes intense, direct sunlight. The best option is morning sun in an east-facing window or a very bright sill that doesn’t get too much direct sun.
Water: Keep the soil regularly moist, but not soaked. Good drainage is essential as cilantro has deep roots.
Temperature: On the cool side. Cilantro tends to bolt easily, especially in warmer weather. Keep your plants around 70˚F and you’ll extend the harvest time. Once cilantro bolts, the flavor changes. Keeping the plant over 75˚ will greatly hasten flowering.
Soil: Airy, light, fast-draining soil with plenty of perlite or sharp sand mixed in to increase drainage.
Cilantro is an annual that grows with a deep taproot. As a result, it dislikes repotting and will often bolt at the slightest provocation.
Bright light but not direct sunlight.
Water daily until soil is moist.
The whole plant is edible.
Can be grown with other herbs.
If you are just beginning gardening you can buy seedling that just need to be watered with almost no work and start using right away. Follow me on Face Book! How To Grow Garlic.