Coriander - Organic Growing Guides for Teachers + Students


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Coriander - Organic Growing Guides for Teachers + Students

  1. 1. Photography © Ray Spence Coriander Photography © Ray Spence This leafy herb, also known as cilantro, is easy to grow for its fresh, young leaves. It can be grown indoors, and outside, in many months of the year. Each sowing can be picked several times. Sow every 3 to 4 weeks for a regular supply. Coriander leaves have a distinctive citrusy flavour, which goes will with curries, couscous and rice dishes. Think Asian, Latin American and Caribbean. It can also make a pesto sauce. The leaves are picked when plants are 10-15cm tall, about 8 weeks after sowing. Suggested pot size: A wide pot or tray, 10-15 cm deep. All coriander varieties can be grown in pots. Choose one for leaf, rather than seed, production. Some to try: ‘Cilantro’ ‘Confetti’ – has frilly leaves Plant Growing tips As soon as the plants are large enough, pull out any excess seedlings so the remaining ones are around 3-5 cm apart. Keep pots in light shade in hot weather. Harvest leaves regularly so they are used young and fresh. 1. Fill pot or tray with moist compost and firm gently. 2. Sprinkle seed evenly over the surface, 2-3cm apart. 3. Cover with a 1cm layer of compost. 4. Water well. 1. Gently pull out excess seedlings, leaving the rest about 5cm apart. 2. You can use the ones pulled out as seasoning. Grow Eat Coriander 1. When the plants are around 10cm tall, start to harvest. 2. Pick individual leaves, or cut them off, leaving a short stump of plant to grow again once or twice. Compost to use: Multipurpose, organic and peat- free. Watering tips: Covering the pot with clear plastic, glass or cling film will keep the compost moist until the seedlings come up. Keep well watered, especially in hot weather. Use a can with a ‘rose’ attached to spread the water evenly. Support: None needed Protection: None needed Feeding: None needed Early Spring Feb Spring Mar Apr Summer May Jun Jul Autumn Aug Sep Oct Nov Sow / grow indoors Sow / grow outdoors Harvest The One Pot Pledge® concept was devised by Food Up Front, the urban food growing network. Trade Mark registered to Food Up Front. Garden Organic is a registered charity no. 298104