Growing Coriander In Your Garden
If you love the flavor of cilantro, you may need to learn the benefits of growing coriander. Coriandrun sativum is the official name for coriander but it is most commonly know as cilantro. The leaves from the coriander plant are what people use to enhance foods. Salsas, soups and salads are just a few of the dishes that require cilantro and there is no spice that can mimic its unusual, pleasing taste.
Growing coriander is a great idea because of the freshness of the newly picked herb. Dry cilantro can be used to enhance flavor but fresh cilantro is more fragrant and has a better taste. So if you use this herb very often you may want to grow it yourself.
Coriander is an annual plant. This means it must be replaced every year after harvest. The plant can grow up to two feet high and bushes out. Small cilantro leaves form on the stems and can be picked at any time with out harming the plant. Since the plant only takes around a month to grow to maturity, you may have to harvest it immediately. After the month the plant starts to seed the cilantro leaves cannot be used in food because the flavors change. But if you want to harvest the seeds, it is easy to do and can be done when the seeds are big enough.
When growing coriander you will have to choose an area to place the plants in. This can be either indoors or out. The plant does well under both conditions. If you will be placing them outside do not worry about companion plants. The coriander does well sitting next to just about anything because it does not aggressively rob the nutrients or water. Although it can grow up to two feet high, it will not bush out enough to block the shade from any other plant either. But it can stop small weeds from growing around any plant. These weeds are aggressive and can damage plants. Coriander is just bushy enough to stop the weeds in their tracks. So this plant is exceptional no matter where you place it.
When planting and growing coriander, you do not have to test the soil. It thrives in just about any climate but you may want to add a bit of compost or manure to the soil mix. It is a good idea to fertilize any plants in your garden.
Place the coriander plants in a row around ten inches apart from each other. The soil should have good water drainage. The coriander plant loves water but not a dampened root system. So be careful not to over water these plants.
When it comes to sunlight this plant only requires around four hours a day. It will not become unhealthy from extra light but it may cause the plant to quickly turn to seed. If you do not want this to happen place the plant in an area that receives both sunlight and ample shading.
Growing coriander in the home is just as easy as planting them outside. Use a potted container with holes in the bottom of it for good drainage. Place the plant in a window area for the four hours and after it can be placed just about anywhere. Avoid putting these plants in a bathroom or any other area where humidity can accumulate.
If you want to harvest the seeds from this plant you can wait until the plant has fully matured. Cut the stems off and hang them up somewhere cool and dry until the plant is thoroughly dried out and then place them in a large paper bag. Shake the bag for a few seconds and the seeds will naturally fall off. You can store them for the next growing season in an airtight container.