UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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Cilantro (coriander)

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Pest management: Cilantro and Parsley Pest Management Guidelines

The Basics

Cilantro generally refers to the leafy greens of the plant, whereas coriander generally refers to the dried seeds.

When to plant: Sow seeds directly from March to May and August to October.

Harvest window

  • Harvest plants frequently to encourage fresh, tender growth.
  • Collect the seeds when they turn brown and dry them to use as a spice.

Care overview

  • To grow cilantro for the leafy part of the plant, choose varieties for being slow to bolt (go to seed).
  • For a continuous supply of fresh leaves, successively sow a new patch every 2-3 weeks.
  • For coriander seeds, allow the plants to flower and go to seed, then save the dried seed.

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