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The Ultimate Guide to Growing Cilantro

Cilantro, also known as coriander or Chinese parsley, is a flavorful herb found in many cuisines around the world. It's simple to grow and a great addition to your herb garden.

Aarushi Chadha

Growing cilantro is simple and requires little care and attention. You can enjoy a bountiful harvest of this herb by following tips outlined in this article. Cilantro is a great herb to grow whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, and it will add a delicious touch to your meals.

Choosing a Growing Location:

Cilantro is a sun-loving herb that thrives in direct sunlight. It can also withstand some shade. When selecting a location for cilantro cultivation, make sure the soil is well-drained and rich in organic matter. Cilantro can develop root rot if the soil is not well-drained.

Cilantro Seed Planting:

The best time to plant cilantro seeds is in the spring or autumn. Cilantro can also be grown in the winter in warm climates. The seeds should be planted about 14 inch deep in the soil and about 6 inches apart. Cilantro seeds germinate in two to three weeks on average.

Cilantro requires consistent moisture to grow, but it cannot be waterlogged. Water the plants on a regular basis, especially during dry spells. However, excessive moisture in the soil can lead to root rot.

Cilantro Fertiliser:

Cilantro does not require much fertilisers, but a little nitrogen-rich fertiliser after every few weeks can be a great idea. To provide the necessary nutrients, use a balanced fertiliser, such as a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 blend.

Cilantro can be harvested when the plants reach about 6 inches in height. Simply cut the plant's leaves off, leaving about an inch of stem attached. To encourage bushier growth, pinch off the tips of the stems.

Cilantro Care:

Cilantro is a fast-growing herb that must be harvested on a regular basis to avoid going to seed. Allowing the plants to grow towards  the seeds causes them to stop producing new leaves and the flavour of the existing leaves  become bitter. To avoid this, harvest cilantro on a regular basis and plant new seeds after every few weeks.

Pests and Diseases:

Although cilantro is generally a healthy plant, it is susceptible to a few pests and diseases. Aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies are the most common pests that attack cilantro. To keep these pests at bay, keep the area around your plants clean and clear of debris. Natural pest control methods, such as spraying the plants.

In terms of disease, cilantro is susceptible to fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and downy mildew. To avoid these diseases, avoid overhead watering and ensure that the plants have adequate air circulation. If your plants become infected with a fungal disease, you can treat them with a fungicide.

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