Coriander is a great herb to keep in your kitchen, and it has both medicinal and culinary uses. The spicy lemon coriander or cilantro adds flavor to your recipes that have lentils, fish and vegetables. Coriander is often used to flavor dishes, Asian and Mexican.
It is also used as medicine for high blood pressure, and reduces intestinal gas. To reduce blood pressure, coriander seeds in the right amounts should be taken regularly. To avoid trying to find coriander leaves and seeds in store, raising it from seed at home is an option.
Cilantro grows well in a garden at home if you have the right conditions for growth. Coriander is also strongly influenced by temperature changes such as heat, coldness and dryness. If you want the plant to have strong cilantro flavor, you must ensure that temperature is neither too hot nor cold. If the plant is grown under adverse conditions, the plant can bolt or get ready to flower prematurely. This also applies to growing cilantro indoors.
Coriander seeds can also be used in medicine and cuisine. Coriander plants need sunlight to produce seeds. A full sun is too hot for planting cilantro as this causes it to be under stress, producing flowers earlier than usual. The seeds are produced more quickly if the plant is put in the sun.
That is why temperature in summer is perfect for growing cilantro. The seeds can be harvested, and used to grow coriander in the following year. In the tropics, the ideal time to plant cilantro is winter. Self-seeded coriander grows well in areas where winters are mild, so there is little need to save seeds for replanting.
Cilantro grows best in rich soil with good drainage. The coriander (cilantro) plant grows to a height of two meters. You can add fertilizer to the soil as it must be enriched for growing cilantro. Cilantro grows a taproot deep, so it must be planted at a depth of about one centimeter. It takes about three weeks for the plant to sprout cilantro, and germinate seeds. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Add compost. (Compost also helps with growing cucumbers as well, a subject of another article.) Soon, you will have some great cilantro.
You should plant the seeds about 5 cm apart in rows. Plant them in rows to facilitate harvesting. It takes about 40 days to fully develop a cilantro plant grown in tropical climates. However, it may take several months to grow a fully developed cilantro in a cooler environment.
If your coriander is the seed for indoors or outdoors, you’ll need well-drained soil. When lifting coriander seeds to transplant outside, you will need many plants to produce large quantities of seeds to get the amount you need. As for growing cilantro in containers, you will need to line the base of the containers with broken stones or ceramic to ensure proper drainage, and when ready, it is simple enough to harvest coriander seeds.
Simply cut the stems of the coriander plant, tie with a string or rubber bands, and cover each flower head with a paper bag. Then, hang the plant in a cool, dry place with the head hanging. The seeds fall to the bottom of the bag when they are dry, and they are best stored in airtight containers.