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coriander

Coriander

Coriandrum sativum

Leafy, fragrant coriander is one of the world’s most commonly used culinary herbs. It’s easy to grow in your garden or a pot.

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Getting started

  • Put the soil tablet on a saucer and pour 50ml of water over it.
  • Put on gloves and mix the water into the soil with your hands to make a wet mixture. Watch the soil expand.
  • Use most of your soil to fill up the pot to around 2cm below the top.
  • Now place your seed mat on top of the soil (take care not to press down too hard).
  • Now use the rest of your soil mixture to cover the seed mat.

How to keep your Little Garden healthy

  • Place the pot on a clean saucer in a place with enough light, but not directly in the sun.
  • Check the soil in the morning, and before bed. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, pour a small amount of clean water over the surface.
  • Within 2-3 weeks you should see a little plant appear from the soil. That means the seeds have germinated and will be ready soon to move into a bigger pot or garden.
  • If more than one little plant grows, you can thin your coriander seedling by choosing the strongest-looking one and removing the others.

When your seedling is ready to go in the garden

  • When the coriander is about as tall as your finger (in 4-5 weeks), it’s ready to shift into the garden or pot.
  • Get your coriander used to life outside: You can harden off your coriander seedling by putting it in a warm and sheltered spot for 1-2 hours a day and return inside for the night. Do this for 4-5 days, leaving it outside for a little longer each day before you shift it out into the garden forever.

Planting best practice

  • Give coriander a spot with morning and late afternoon sun. It will appreciate some shade in the middle of the day, particularly in warmer parts of the country. It also likes free-draining soil, so if your soil is heavy clay, try growing this herb in a pot.
  • Plant the whole soil plug as carefully as possible. Coriander hates having its roots disturbed and will bolt straight to seed if it’s roughly transplanted.

Look after your plant while it’s growing

  • Water regularly, especially if it’s growing in a pot. You want the soil to stay moist but not wringing wet.
  • If left in dry soil, it will go straight to seed, and that means no tasty leaves!
  • If you let your coriander flower and set seed, the production of edible leaves will slow down, but the flowers will attract bees and beneficial bugs into your garden. The seeds can be harvested and eaten too!

Harvest time

  • About 1 month after planting you can start harvesting a few leaves occasionally. Regular picking will encourage the plant to produce more edible leaves.

Watch out

  • Coriander is relatively pest-free. 
  • It will bolt to seed if it dries out or its roots are disturbed, so plant extra carefully and water regularly.

Coriander in your gardens