By Joan Salmon
Cilantro and cilantro are different parts of the same plant, with cilantro being the seeds that only manifest themselves after the plant has flowered and can be ground into spices, while cilantro are the aromatic leaves that attract many to this plant. The entire plant is edible and is used to flavor many dishes.
The plant (coriander) grows best in warm weather, but Peruth Namara, a herb gardener, says it will quickly produce seeds (sapling) in hot weather, and well-drained moist soils are the best. “This is why we do not recommend growing it in very hot temperatures so that the leaves do not become bitter from shooting,” warns Namara.
When preparing the garden, add compost or other organic matter into the soil to a depth of 18 inches or more. “Make sure you rake the soil before adding the compost to make sure there is no residue,” says Namara.
She adds that the plants should be 6 to 8 inches apart to leave room as the plant can get a bit bushy.
After sowing the seeds, Herman Nsereko, a herb gardener, says the plant can be harvested in three to four weeks, while seeds (coriander) can be harvested in 45 days. “For the further harvest, however, the plant has to sow itself and this happens when the temperatures rise, where the life cycle of the plant is quickly completed, i.e. flowers and then germinates. After a while, you will see sprouts from these seeds, ”says Nsereko.
Sowing should be done every three weeks and it is important to keep the seeds moist so they need to be watered regularly.
Plants versus seeds
Seeds are the best and Nsereko says they don’t need a head start and the other reason is that coriander develops a taproot, transplanting is not cheap. “Still, they can be grown indoors and transplanted directly into a garden,” says Nsereko.
With coriander, it is important that you get plenty of leaves. “That requires pinching young plants back to encourage fuller plants,” says Namara.
She says it’s important to cut off the tip of the main stem as soon as you see signs of flower buds. “This allows for more leaf production than seeds. Only allow seed production when you want to expand your garden, so don’t add fertilizers as this will delay flowering and ultimately seed production. “