Basics

Ease of Growing
Moderate
Grown as
Annual
Days to Maturity
30-65 (Spring/Summer), 45-65 (Fall/Winter)
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Half Hardy

Cilantro is a tender annual that is sensitive to the heat of summer, but can handle a light frost.

Crops
Spring Transplant, Spring
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Cool

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
40°F
-
Start Indoors
Yes
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Water
Moderate

Cilantro needs to be watered regularly, but not to the point where the soil becomes soggy.

Feeder
Light

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.

Suitability
Tolerates light frost, Needs summer shade
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
Yes

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?
Yes
Color
Green
Fruit Size
-"
Plant Height
12.0-36.0"
Plant Diameter
6.0-8.0"
Hardiness Zone
3-11
Disease Resistance
Taste Profile

Deliciously spicy, essential for Mexican and Asian dishes.