Coriander is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. It is also known as Chinese parsley, dhania or cilantro. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking.
Seeds can be started in well-prepared soil outdoors or sown in pots filled with multi-purpose compost in early summer.
Sow the seeds thinly and cover lightly.
Germination will usually take between 7-20 days.
Sow every three or four weeks for a constant supply of leaves.
Leave the coriander growing until it is at least 5 cm tall. At this time, thin the coriander to be about 7.6-10 cm apart.
It is best to grow it in crowded conditions because the leaves will shade the roots and help to keep the plant from bolting in hot weather.
Keep soil and compost damp, but avoid over-watering. Dry soil or compost can cause plants to bolt or flower prematurely.
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