Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How to grow coriander /cilantro in your kitchen garden

Almost all the Indian recipes use either coriander seed or its leaf to spice up the dish and hence growing coriander can be considered must thing in your kitchen garden. Growing coriander can be also considered a best pick for your vegetable garden because of the following
 a) It is very easy to grow
b) Grows very fast
c) You can get the yields at a very early stage and it keeps yielding.
It is better to germinate cilantro from its seeds as it does not transplant well. Choose a container that is big enough to grow many plants.
Coriander seed is technically a fruit containing two seeds in it. So the round thing that we see has two seeds in it. Each of them will grow into a coriander plant. The fruit can be sown whole or split and sown. When split, it increases the germination rate since it scarifies the seed.

Picture: how a split coriander seed looks like
Tips for splitting a whole coriander seed to a split one. Wear a slipper in hand and spread the seeds on the floor (consider a rough floor and not the tiles). Keep the slipper on the seeds and gently move the slipper while pressing them. Do not press hard!
One can sow the whole seed as well. It is easier when you split.
Take a tray with potting mix filled all the way up to half inch from the top.
Make rows by drawing a line with your index finger or a stick.
Simply sow the split coriander seeds in that row and once it is done, cover the seeds with coco peat. Water them and wait patiently!
Coriander seeds start germinating between 5-7 days and will look like this picture below

Once they start germinating, keep them in a place that receives good amount of sunlight. They will start growing vigorously and will look like the pic below.

In another 10 days time, they should be ready for use.Enjoy fresh coriander grown in your own kitchen garden.

 All the best for my readers!!!

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