Bolt resistant, organic with great flavor
Similar in appearance to parsley, cilantro is a staple in Mexican, Indian, and Asian cuisines. This bolt-resistant variety produces lush growth. The seeds of the plant can be harvested and are called coriander.Apiaceae Coriandrum sativum
This annual provides two distinct foods. The leaves have a distinctive aromatic flavor you either love or hate. The large ripe seeds are known as coriander and have an aromatic orange-like flavor and smell. They are particularly popular in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian foods.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 30-65 (Spring/Summer), 40-75 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Cilantro is a tender annual that is sensitive to the heat of summer, but can handle a light frost.
- Spring Transplant, Spring
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
Cilantro doesn't like heat and bolts quickly once the weather warms up. It does best in the cool weather of spring or early fall. In mild winter areas it may continue to grow right through the winter. It can also be sown in autumn for an early spring crop.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 40°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
Cilantro needs to be watered regularly, but not to the point where the soil becomes soggy.
Because cilantro grows so quickly it is best to include fertilizer when preparing the soil for planting. It is not necessary to fertilize the plant once it has begun growing.
- Tolerates light frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
Cilantro does quite well in containers. Choose a shallow pot at least 18" wide, with a depth of 8 to 10" and fill with a mixture of potting soil and compost. Make sure your pot has adequate drainage by choosing one with drainage holes. Water thoroughly and place in full sun. Make sure to keep the soil moist.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Fresh taste, often seen in Mexican dishes.