How to Grow Cilantro (Coriander) – A Beginner’s Guide

cilantro (coriander) plant growing in garden
Cilantro (coriander), which are known botanically as Coriandrum Sativum, are a type of herbs that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing cilantro (coriander) as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Cilantro (Coriander)

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the cilantro (coriander) seeds early spring. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when cilantro (coriander) are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Cilantro (Coriander) the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing cilantro (coriander) in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your cilantro (coriander) grow. Generally, your soil should be  a loose, loamy, fast-draining soil with a slightly acidic soil. Soil PH levels should be around 6.0 – 7.5.

18″ apart. 6″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about .25″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your cilantro (coriander) seedlings plants to 6 inches apart when 2 inches tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Cilantro (Coriander)

How Much to Water Cilantro (Coriander)

How Long Does it Take Cilantro (Coriander) to Germinate and Grow?

When to Harvest Cilantro (Coriander)

The best time to harvest your cilantro (coriander) is any time after the plant is 6 to 8 inches tall.

Cilantro (coriander) can grow up to about 3–5 mm (1?8–3?16 in) in diameter.

What Can Cilantro (Coriander) Be Used For?

Food Use:  Use cilantro in salsa or as a garnish in salads and soups; coriander in meat or seafood dishes!

Flavor Profile:  Cilantro has a fresh, citrusy taste while the coriander seeds have a light and sweet taste.

Can Cilantro (Coriander) Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you will ideally need a 12″+ containerfor each plant. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your cilantro (coriander) around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Cilantro (Coriander) Safe for Bees?

Yes, cilantro (coriander) are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing cilantro (coriander) is bee-friendly.

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