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Cilantro Growing Guide

Cilantro, a relative of parsley, originates from Greece and is a versatile herb used in various cuisines. Both its fresh leaves and seeds, known as coriander, are valuable in the kitchen. Here's how to grow cilantro successfully:

Planting Cilantro

Cilantro is a cool-season crop that thrives at temperatures between 50 and 85 degrees F. In Texas, plant in February for an April harvest and in September for a November harvest. Weekly plantings ensure a continuous supply.

  • Soil: Cilantro prefers light, well-drained, moderately fertile loam or sandy soil. It tolerates various soils if nutrients and moisture are monitored.

  • Seeding: For leaves, plant seeds 2 inches apart in rows 12-15 inches apart. For coriander seeds, plant 8 inches apart in rows 15 inches apart. Seed depth should be ¼ to ½ inch.


Water is critical during seedling germination and establishment. Once established, cilantro needs minimal water and fertilizer.


Harvest cilantro leaves 45-70 days after seeding. Cut exterior leaves when they reach 4-6 inches, or cut the whole plant 1-2 inches above the soil to use both small and large leaves.


  • Leaves: Fresh leaves enhance salads, salsas, meat dishes, and omelets.

  • Seeds: Coriander seeds flavor pastries, sausages, cooked fruits, pickling spices, and curry powder. Coriander oil is known for its medicinal properties.

By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of cilantro for your culinary needs.


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