The Do's and Dont's of Growing Coriander
Author: Verity Webb Date Posted:2 November 2015
Hot tip 1.
Select an appropriate pot. This is really important. You must choose a flower pot or container that's at least 18 inches (45.7 cm) wide and 8 to 10 inches (20.3 to 25.4 cm) deep. Coriander does not take kindly to being moved because the roots are oh so fragile, so the pot needs to be big enough to contain the full grown plant.
Hot tip 2.
Fill the pot with some fast-draining soil when planting the seeds. You can mix in some fertilizer too, if you like. Moisten the soil with a little water until it's just damp, not soggy. Sprinkle the seeds lightly over the soil to disperse evenly. Cover with another 1⁄4 inch (0.6 cm) of soil.
Hot tip 3.
Place the pot in a sunny spot. Coriander needs full sun to grow, so place it in a sunny window-sill or conservatory. The seeds should germinate within 7 to 10 days.
Hot tip 4.
Keep moist. Keep the soil moist using a spray bottle to lightly mist the soil. If you pour water onto the soil, it might displace the seeds.
Hot tip 5.
Harvest the coriander. Once the stems of the cilantro reach 4 to 6 inches (10.2 to 15.2 cm) in length, it is ready to be harvested. Cut up to 2/3 of the leaves each week, as this will encourage the plant to keep growing. This way, it is possible to harvest four crops of cilantro from a single pot.
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