Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On May 23, 2010, MaryNeedsSleep from Morgantown, WV wrote:
Easy to grow, easy to save seeds. In the hottest part of the summer, it bolts in about 3 weeks here, so I grow it in a large bowl planter and reseed part of the planter every couple weeks. It has a taproot so it doesn't like to be transplanted, but I do transplant the first seedlings of the spring and they do fine for several weeks before bolting.
As a side note, the people who find that cilantro tastes like soap may be genetically unable to smell/taste the chemicals in the leaf that the rest of us adore -- google Dr. Wysocki, Monell Chemical Senses Center, soap, cilantro. People who hate it REALLY hate it (because they taste soap!) so I don't use it when cooking for a group unless I know everyone enjoys it. Chopping it finely may reduce the soap taste by activating enzymes in the leaves that slowly convert the offending aldehydes into odorless substances. That probably doesn't mean that cilantro haters would like cilantro pesto, however -- it would probably just taste bland to them.
On Jan 18, 2009, thecrewsc from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
Have had success and failure with this plant. Does well some years, very pooly others. Usually well in a window with good light and moderate temps. It doesn't like acidic soils.
Like other plants in this family (parsley, dill, fennel, queen anne's lace, carrots, anise) it is a host plant for Anise and Eastern Black Swallowtails.
Unless growing in a sunny window for culinary use, it's best saved for the butterfly gardens.
For me, I'll keep growing it indoors and out.
On Mar 27, 2008, cejae from North Richland Hills, TX wrote:
Grow this plant along with various chili peppers for use in my homemade salsa and pepper jellies. Some of it went to seed last year and now I have it popping up several places in my garden. This is a plus for me!
On Feb 21, 2006, collincountytx from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Zone 8; ammended clay soil; dryish, partial shade. Fastest growing herb I've tried. Planted seeds directly in ground mid fall (no cold frame). Thrived throughout the winter (even with three 72 hour freezes) Attractive bright green foliage. Now enjoying in salads, soups, salsa.
On Jan 10, 2006, purewildbarley from Orem, UT wrote:
On a whim I planted some cilantro this summer in a pot on the only porch I have: a shady stairwell. It grew, but not quickly. I transplanted some to a spot next to a south-facing window once it grew cold, and it grew quite well (even in basement apartment conditions! This should be encouragement for anyone seeking to grow indoor cilantro).
And now, just when it is starting to develop seeds, I have found the wretched whitefly is attacking it! I have put it in isolation ("detox") and clipped off the leaves that had the little whitefly scales on it. I would like to save the plant so I can get some seeds from it. Does anyone know how to eradicate whitefly? I prefer organic measures -- especially as this is a plant I am harvesting.
On Aug 6, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:
I like the taste of cilantro a lot and have tried for years to grow it, but have never been successful here in Florida. I have tried both bought plants and seeds in pots, in the ground, in sandy soil, in rich soil, in sun, in part shade--but I have never, ever, gotten past the large seedling stage, when all my plants up and died. From reading other's comments I think the problem is too much rain here in Florida. So from now on I will have to buy my cilantro at the supermarket, and feel like an adject failure as an herb grower.
I had beautiful herbs in my yard in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, zone 7b, and they survived snow and hail storms and 6 F degree winter lows, but in 10 years of living in St. Petersburg, zone 9b, and now here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, I have never really been very successful with herbs, except semi-tropicals like lemon grass and annual basils. I do think the problem is the hot, wet summers. Even my water loving mints are looking pretty scraggly by now in August.
I grew up with this plant...Cilantro is a wonderful plant and spice to use in many dishes, especially salsa and guacamole. It gives it that final touch that many dishes need. I grow it in my garden yearly and with lots of sun and water, just grows and grows. Cut the fresh leaves continually before it goes to flower and seed to keep it from fraying away. Love this plant!
Cilantro is my favorite fresh spice. It's easy to grow and is the perfect comliment in any tomato dish. It has a fresh clean smell! If you ever make your fresh salsa ...Use fesh roma tomatoes, red onion, lime, red pepper and fresh cilantro!!!!! It's the best! I left mine in the garden and it went ahead and grew for me again the following year!
On Jan 24, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Cilantro is a great herb to grow and to use. The leaves become unpalatable when flowering starts, though. Coriander is the same plant, the seeds are used for flavoring sweets.
It should be direct-sown from spring through summer for a long harvest; transplanting usually makes it bolt.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Bear Creek, Alaska Goodyear, Arizona Kingman, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Alexander, Arkansas Atwater, California Castro Valley, California Larkfield-wikiup, California Long Beach, California Los Angeles, California Menifee, California Oak View, California Rancho Palos Verdes, California San Francisco, California Altamonte Springs, Florida Carver Ranches, Florida Haverhill, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Rockledge, Florida Welaka, Florida Carrollton, Georgia Decatur, Georgia Flora, Indiana Barbourville, Kentucky Estelle, Louisiana Jonesville, Louisiana Lisbon, Maine Litchfield, Maine Raymond, Maine Brighton, Massachusetts Battle Creek, Michigan Davison, Michigan Blue Springs, Missouri Port Norris, New Jersey Santa Fe, New Mexico Henderson, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Coalgate, Oklahoma Owasso, Oklahoma Portland, Oregon Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania Summerville, South Carolina Clarksville, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee Aldine, Texas Austin, Texas (2 reports) Cameron Park, Texas Carrollton, Texas Dallas, Texas Houston, Texas (2 reports) North Richland Hills, Texas Pflugerville, Texas Round Rock, Texas San Leanna, Texas Chantilly, Virginia Lake Monticello, Virginia Camano, Washington Millwood, Washington Olympia, Washington Volga, West Virginia Westover, West Virginia