How Do You Plant Cilantro?



Cilantro is both a vegetable for its and spice for its seeds. It produces an amazing flavor used in many recipes and dishes. Haven’t gotten this plant yet? Time to add it to the garden!

Cheatsheet for Growing Cilantro

Temperature & Location

Cilantro prefers cooler temperatures, so aim for somewhere that stays around 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Plant cilantro near taller plants for natural shade.

Soil & Fertilizer

Choose a soil with good drainage and work a few handfuls of compost into the top 10 inches. Add a general-purpose fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.

Planting & Watering

Plant cilantro seeds or seedlings 1 inch apart in soil that has been pre-moistened. Provide 1 inch of water per week.


Harvest the leaves and stems when they reach 2-3 inches long. Cut them right above the soil line to encourage the plant to re-sprout.

Intro to growing Cilantro

OK, gardening time. Growing cilantro is a lot of fun. Plus, they are tasty and healthy!


Use average, well drained soil amended with compost. Cilantro ideally wants sandy loam or loamy soil to grow in. Sandy loam simply means soil consisting of less than 7 percent clay, less than 50 percent silt, and between 43 and 50 percent sand. Seeds can be sown outdoors from spring to autumn, in a sunny or lightly shaded spot with well-drained soil. You can also sow into pots of multi-purpose compost. Scatter the seeds thinly, cover with a little soil or compost, and water gently. Germination takes from one to three weeks.


You are obviously also going to need seeds!


This plant needs full sun.


Give each plant a minimum of 7" (20cm) worth of space to the next plant. Sow them about an inch deep. Sow small batches every three or four weeks for a constant supply of leaves from mid-summer onwards.


Cilantro should be sown at a depth of 0.5 inches (1 cm).


Keep the soil mix uniformly moist until the seeds germinate in 7 to 10 days.

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