Cilantro (Coriander)

Coriandrum sativum

Cilantro is a popular fresh herb that’s easy to grow and can have an extended season through succession planting. The foliage is commonly referred to as cilantro, the edible seed are known as coriander. Both cilantro and coriander are widely used in Asian, Caribbean, and Latin American cuisines, adding a distinctive flavor that pairs well with highly spiced foods. Additionally, cilantro flowers strongly attract beneficial insects and are also edible. You can sprinkle them raw on salads, chicken, and spicy Southwestern dishes for a mild cilantro flavor.

Growing Healthy Plants

Cilantro can be planted in the spring after the last frost date or in the fall. In the Southwestern US, planting cilantro in the fall can yield a longer harvest that may last through spring until the weather heats up again. It’s crucial to avoid planting cilantro in summer heat as the plants will bolt quickly, rendering them past harvesting. Moreover, the leaves that grow on bolted plants tend to be bitter in flavor.

Cultural Details
Soil Typeloamy, rich, well-draining soil
Soil PHAcidic, neutral
Soil MoistureMedium
Sun ExposureFull Sun
Harvest TimeSpring and Fall