Grow Healthy Coriander/Cilantro/Dhaniya in your Terrace Garden Fast and Easy......HARVEST CORIANDER WITHIN ONE MONTH
1.) Choose the time of year. The best time to plant coriander/cilantro depends on where you live. Cilantro won't survive in frosty conditions, but it doesn't like extreme heat either. In temperate climates, the best time to start planting coriander/cilantro is in late spring, between the months of March and May. In more tropical climates, cilantro will grow better during cooler, dry times of year, such as fall.
• You may also have success by planting coriander/cilantro late in the summer and allowing it to grow into the fall.
• If the weather grows too hot, the coriander/cilantro plants will start to bolt - which means they will flower and go to seed, so choose your time of year wisely. To get a head start on the weather, try starting your seeds indoors and then transfer them outside as the weather improves.
2.)Prepare a spot in your garden. Select a patch of soil where the coriander/cilantro will get full exposure to the sun. It will tolerate some shade in southerly areas where the sun gets very hot during the day. The soil should be light and well-drained.
• If you wish to cultivate the soil before planting, use a shovel, rototiller or spade to work 2 to 3 inches of an organic mulch such as compost, rotten leaves or manure into the top layer of soil. If you are using manure, make sure the manure is composted or aged for at least 3 months so it doesn't burn the young plants. Rake the area smooth before planting.
3.) Plant the coriander/cilantro seeds. Sow the seeds about 1⁄2 inch deep, spaced 3 to 4 inches apart, in rows approximately 1/3 foot apart. coriander/Cilantro seeds need plenty of moisture to germinate, so make sure to water them frequently. They need about an inch of water per week. They should germinate in about 7 to 9 days.
• As coriander/cilantro grows so quickly, you should plant a new batch of seeds every 2 to 3 weeks to ensure that you have a fresh supply of cilantro throughout the growing season.
4.) Care for the coriander/cilantro. Once the seedlings have reached about 2 inches in height, you can fertilize them with compost or organic fertilizer. Be careful not to over-fertilize, you only need about 1/4 of a cup for every 25 feet of growing space.
• Once the plants have established themselves, they do not need as much water. You should aim to keep the soil damp, but not soggy, as coriander/cilantro is a dry climate herb.
5.) Prevent overcrowding. Stop the cilantro plants from becoming overcrowded by thinning the seedlings when the cilantro is 2 to 3 inches tall. Pull out the smaller plants and leave the strongest ones to grow larger. The smaller plants can be used in cooking and eaten.
• You can also prevent weeds from growing by spreading some mulch around the base of the plants as soon as they are visible above the soil.
6.) Harvest the cilantro. Harvest cilantro by cutting off individual leaves and stems from the base of the plant, near ground level, when the stems are 4 to 6 inches tall. Use the fresh, new shoots in cooking, not the older, ferny-type leaves which can taste bitter.
• Don't cut off more than one third of the leaves at one time, as this can weaken the plant.
• Once you have harvested the leaves, the plant will continue to grow for at least two or three more cycles.
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