Cilantro, often called coriander or Chinese parsley, is a herb whose leaves, stems, and seeds make several delicacies. It is very versatile in its use in the kitchen as it gives an aromatic smell & spicy and citrus taste. However, despite its magical role inside the kitchen, it takes a lot of effort and patience to grow cilantro. 

Cilantro is suitable for growing in chilly weather conditions like in the spring or fall seasons. Usually, the cilantro plants start to sag during the hot weather. Cilantro plants begin bearing white flowers or sometimes pinkish flowers in warm climates, which later turn into seeds. This answers the question of how to grow cilantro seeds.

These seeds can be used to replant the cilantro and play its trick in the kitchen. Cilantro seeds are a spice that is very vividly used in cooking various delicacies around the globe and is often called coriander.

It is essential to know that cilantro grows better when it has adequate space for it to grow. Thus, the cilantro seeds should be planted a few inches apart, approximately 6 to 8 inches. Moreover, the climatic factors and the condition and soil type are essential lookouts for harvesting cilantro.

The soft and slightly moist ground is most well suited for the cilantro plant to grow properly. It sums up why extreme hot or even extremely cold conditions are not suitable for growing cilantro. Hot climate results in drying the soil, thus wilting the cilantro plants, whereas cold weather conditions will lead to the accumulation of frost in the plant’s stem & roots. 

How to Grow Cilantro?

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Cilantro as already known is extremely beneficial for each & every part of the cilantro plant serves some or the other purpose. If you are looking to know about how to grow cilantro plants, you must know that cultivating cilantro is not a very easy task and requires your conscious efforts.

Growing of the cilantro plant is done by sowing the cilantro seeds directly in the soil. The seeds are likely to grow into cilantro plants ready for being harvested within 3 to 4 weeks of sowing. Thus at this time, the cilantro leaves and their seeds can be harvested easily. To harvest the seeds of cilantro, one must wait for about 45 days at least. 

A Quick Cilantro Cultivation

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In case you are looking for rapidly growing & cultivating cilantro plants, it is essential to note that the cilantro plant is unsuitable for being transferred to another soil. The reason behind this is that cilantro plants have tap roots which are not suitable for transfer.

A pro tip here is that you can transfer the cilantro plant by sowing the cilantro seeds and growing the cilantro plants in the peat pots, & when needed, transfer the peat plants directly into the required area for cilantro cultivation.

Another fact about growing cilantro that one should be aware of is that cilantro plants have a brief lifespan. Despite the short lifespan of cilantro plants, it is impressive that it overgrows and gets ready to harvest quickly.

Start Cultivation of Cilantro in Your Own Garden 

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Cilantro is well suited for plantations both indoors as well as outdoors. If the cilantro seeds are sown and grown indoors, then it will later require being transferred outdoors. The cilantro seeds must be planted so that it is approximately about a quarter inch beneath the soil.

In case you are growing cilantro indoors then opt for sowing the seeds in the peat plants. After that, you may simply wait for a few days until the cilantro seeds have grown into 2 inch long saplings. These saplings may then be transferred outdoors by firstly digging holes for moving the saplings.

These holes should be drilled at least 6 to 7 inches apart so that the plants have got enough space for proper growth. You need to place the saplings into these holes and cover them with as much soil as required. Make sure to water the plants well after the transplant. 

A Suitable Climate & Atmosphere for Growing Cilantro

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While cultivating cilantro, it is crucial not to forget that cilantro plants grow only when fair weather and soil conditions are met. It means that the soil should be optimally moist and the weather should be cool enough for growing cilantro plants and adding to this there should be sufficient and light sunlight which is required and beneficial for its growth.

Ensure that the cilantro plants are not planted in an area where there is a lot of sunlight as it may end up spoiling the plant. In case cilantro has been produced in a very sunny region, then a shady area should be chosen for planting the cilantro.

In general, the most suitable space for growing cilantro is one where cilantro receives either early morning sunlight or the late afternoon sun, being safe from the sunnier part of the afternoon sun. Make sure to keep watering the cilantro plant to maintain a moist soil condition. Also, using a water-soluble fertilizer for watering the cilantro plants works wonderfully. 

Make Your Own Cilantro Garden

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It is recommended to keep sowing cilantro seeds consistently every 2 to 3 weeks as cilantro is a short-lived plant for harvesting cilantro all year round. Cilantro also self-instills as the seeds growing out of the cilantro plant to fall into the soil thus sowing itself, and therefore small saplings keep growing out of the ground where the seeds of cilantro fall.

Furthermore, if you are looking for rapid and fuller growth of the cilantro plant, then a peak suggestion is to sow tiny seedlings of cilantro at least one inch deeper into the soil. It helps in cultivating a bushier plant.

Apart from this, if you are looking for growing more cilantro leaves and not seeds then chopping off the cilantro plant’s top tip can be helpful. Consequently, chopping off the cilantro flowers works wonders in growing the cilantro leaves. However, this happens at the cost of sacrificing the cilantro seeds. 

But, the Cilantro Plant Boutls!

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As it is well known that cilantro is a short-lived herb, one needs to understand that the plants will eventually wilt and bolt no matter how much effort you put in growing and maintaining the plant. Thus, you need to make sure that for thorough cultivation of cilantro, you will need to keep planting the cilantro seeds continuously in a span reaching six weeks at most. It is the least effort that one requires to put in when planning of planting and cultivating cilantro.

Cilantro seeds are destined to bolt eventually as this is the mechanism in which it grows. An interesting phenomenon that occurs just before the cilantro plants begin to bolt is that it begins to produce many flowers, which later gives a considerable amount of seeds. It seems to be the herb’s attempt to offer as many seeds as possible for the next-generation plants’ profitable growth. At this time, it is no use to chop off the flowers blooming from the cilantro plant as ultimately the cilantro plant will end up bolting.

A better idea here is to let the herb bloom flowers and give seeds and then use these trees for sowing and further planting and cultivation of cilantro. The cause of frequent bolting of the cilantro plant is the heat accumulated in the plant’s soil. A way of preventing cilantro plants’ boltings can be mulching the cilantro and planting it very tightly. It not only keeps the soil cooler as well as filled with moisture, but also provides optimal shading to the cilantro plant for its steady growth. 

Diseases & Infection Faced by Cilantro Plants

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The cilantro plans seldom undergo any sort of plant-based infections or diseases. Often, cilantro is considered to be an insect repellant making it strong enough to fight against ant insects or diseases. The reason behind this is considered to be the strong fragrance which the cilantro endures. Despite the insect repellant as well as the diseases & infection free nature of the cilantro plant, the cilantro plant may still become a victim of two plant diseases, which are: 1) leaf spot & 2) powdery mildew. 

Leaf spot, as its name suggests, leaves behind some spots in the cilantro leaves. The cilantro leaves may initially incur some tiny yellow spots and later on these sports may not just enlarge in size but also turn brownish in color. The reason behind the development of the leaf spot is found out to be excessive moisture in the soil or the lack of proper air circulation. Along with a problem comes a solution too. Thus, prevention of leaf spot can be done by taking care of the moisture content of the soil. Avoid overwatering the soil. In addition, proper spacing should be kept in mind while planting the cilantro plant.

Powdery mildew is another infection that a cilantro plant might catch. In powdery mildew, it is seen that the foliage of the cilantro begins getting a thin layer of a powdery substance. This powdery layer is actually a fungus that has been formed & thus powdery mildew is a fungal infection faced by the cilantro plant.

The reason behind developing powdery mildew is not very clear though, but it has been observed that powdery mildew spreads during hot & dry climates. An adequate amount of moisture requires to be applied to the cilantro plants along with maintaining the minimal spacing between the cilantro plants in order to avoid getting powdery mildew. 

Thus, it is evident how important a role the optimal amount of moisture as well as the proper distances for growing cilantro plants plays in growing conventional cultivation of cilantro. Since prevention is better than cure, adequacy in the moisture and interplant spacing is required for disease-free cultivation of cilantro plants.

Taking Care of Your Cilantro Garden

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With the cultivation of a cilantro the garden at your house comes the responsibility of taking proper care of the cilantro plant. Proper climate, adequate spacing between each cilantro plant as well as the optimal water content in the soil on which the cilantro plant is being grown is the initial and most important thing to consider.

Save your plants from extreme heat and afternoon sun rays, but make sure it gets the optimal sunlight for its proper growth. It is recommended that the plant receives the morning or the afternoon sun. Furthermore, a gap of at least 6 inches should be kept between the cilantro plants. Moreover, the soil should be moist but not very swampy. Remember, excess of anything is harmful, may it be water or sunlight. 

In order to stay away from insects, one should use insecticidal soaps. Also, in case some of your cilantro plants have developed any kind of infections or diseases, it is essential to clean up & get rid of any such infected cilantro plant. 

Guidelines of Cilantro Plantation

Cilantro plantation & cultivation can  further be enhanced by following a few guidelines:

  • Cool seasons are best for planting cilantro. By cool season it is meant that the weather should neither be warm not too cold. Planting cilantro during autumn or spring end is highly recommended.
  • Drip irrigation or soaker hose can be used for watering the plants & keeping the soil moist.
  • Improving the growth & quality of cilantro planta can be done by using organic manure or compost with the soil. This is suitable for growing cilantro plants in the pots at your home too.
  • A water-soluble plant food may be used for producing prolific leaf.
  • Harvesting the cilantro leaf on time is required. When the cilantro leaves are big enough do not delay harvesting them.
  • Do consider not harvesting the entire cilantro leaves at once. Harvest 3/4th of the cilantro leaves at most, at a time.
  • While looking for harvesting the cilantro seeds, do not chop off the flowers blooming in the cilantro plant. Chopping the flowers may lead to the rapid growth of cilantro, but may in turn prevent the production of cilantro seeds.

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