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Monday, January 27, 2014

How to Start Cilantro Indoors and Why to Start Cilantro Indoors

How to Start Cilantro Indoors and Why to Start Cilantro Indoors

If you like cilantro you typically love cilantro. It is a very hardy, cool weather vegetable. It is typically grown for its leaves. The seeds are actually harvested as a spice and go by the name of coriander. Cool weather helps promote lush leaf growth. When the warmth comes, cilantro moves to quickly flower and seed.

It is often recommended not to start cilantro indoors because it is a tap root and it doesn't do well with transplanting. Not doing well as transplants doesn't mean it won't grow. It just won't realistically get to its 2 foot size. You will get leaves though!

Cilantro can take 14-21 days to germinate so go ahead and start some about 4 weeks before it will go outside. Why? It takes some time to germinate. Start it indoors and get a jump on your season. You aren't going to hold it in the starting cells to become root-bound. Start it indoors, let it sprout, grow a bit and get it in the garden bed before the roots mass. A nice compromise. You will get cilantro sooner to your kitchen. It can handle the frost and cold. I have over wintered it here in Maryland Zone 7.

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Once you put the transplants out, also sow some seeds. I recommended sowing more seeds about every 3 weeks to maintain a continuous supply. It has white flowers that really attracts the good insects to your garden and the flowers turn to seed or coriander. Let it self sow or harvest the seeds. It is a great herb for many reason to have in your garden.

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