Cilantro is commonly used as an herb to enhance the taste of various dishes, and as garnish to enhance the appearance of food. A lot of people purchase their cilantro from the local grocery store or the market. You can, however, actually grow your own cilantro. Cilantro grows very quickly and can be planted on almost all soil types. Here’s how.
- Season. First of all, you need to make sure that you are growing the plant in season. Generally, planting a cilantro is very quick, and you will get gains and be able to harvest the cilantro in just a couple of weeks, as long as you plant it during the correct season. The best time to plant the cilantro is during summer, because the plant needs a fair amount of sun in order to thrive.
- Location. Next, you will need to scout the part of your garden where you can plant the cilantro. Usually, you should consider the movement of the sun and the shade throughout the entire day. The plant will grow best if it has some hours of shade and some hours of sunlight. To be able to give this to the plant, you need to position it somewhere near a tree or a large object which will provide the plant with shade during the morning and with enough light during the afternoon. Usually, the tree should be in the east, so that it will block the sunlight in the morning. You can also plant the cilantro in a pot or a vase, which will allow you to move the plant into a shaded area during the evening and morning, and then to a well lit place during the afternoon.
- Planting. Once you have determined the location and the season, it will be time to plant. There are seeds that are sold in most gardening shops. Simply dig a hole that is a quarter of an inch in depth, and then insert the seed on the hole. Afterwards, cover the hole with soil and then add some compost or mulch. This will make the soil more fertile and will affect the quick growth of the cilantro. After several days, you should be able to see a small sprout coming from the cilantro. After a couple more of weeks, flowering heads will start to appear. The flowering heads will eat up a lot of nutrients, which is why you should trim these off so that you can preserve the life of the cilantro plant longer.
- Harvesting. Once the leaves have grown to its full size, you can already start harvesting the leaves. Simply do this by cutting out the largest leaves that are farthest from the stalk. Leave the smaller leaves intact, so that they will grow out and may provide you with a second batch of cilantro leaves. The only rule is that the cilantro should not be touched while it is less than half a foot in length.
With these steps, you should be able to grow your own cilantro, and use it as a spice, seasoning, or garnish for your favorite meals.