Cilantro

  • Plant Type: Cool season annual
  • Sun: Full sun/Part shade
  • Plant Size: 24 inches tall, 1 foot wide
  • Culinary Use: Leaves and seeds in Mexican, Caribbean, and Asian cuisine

Some people are really passionate about cilantro. If you love it, there’s nothing like it fresh from your garden. Famous for use in salsas, curries, chutneys, and marinades, its fresh flavor and bright color enlivens the cool-season kitchen garden. Good for containers. This is a great two-for-one herb that produces tasty foliage and the edible seeds known as coriander.

Cilantro tolerates light frost so you can plant in spring about a month before the last frost. In the South and Southwest, plant cilantro in fall through early spring; in these hot-sun areas, cilantro can take afternoon shade. In zones 8 to 10, cilantro planted in fall will overwinter and last until late spring.

Plant Spacing: 12 to 18 inches. Plants Per Person: 2 to 3.

Secrets to Success »

Fertilize with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food after every few harvests to maintain steady new growth. When the weather gets hot in summer, the cilantro plant will send up a tall stalk with white flowers that produce the seed known as coriander. You can gather most of the seeds for your spice cabinet, but if you can give cilantro a designated spot in the garden leave some seeds to drop to the ground and start new plants, In summer, harvest these new plants quickly because they don't grow full, just lanky and tall until cool weather arrives in fall. Cool weather encourages fuller plants.

Harvest and Use »

Cilantro grows quickly. Harvest stems with they are big enough to suit you, but cut only one-third of the plant at a time. Chop fresh cilantro leaves for salsa and sauces. Store coriander seeds and use in curry, relishes, and pickles.

Try these garden companions »

  • Pansies in containers for edible flowers.
  • Mint, chives, and sweet marjoram in the herb garden.
  • Onions.
  • Tomatoes and peppers for a salsa garden.

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