How To Correctly Plant And Care For Coriander In A Pot

Properly planted and lovingly cared for, coriander thrives magnificently in a container. How it should be ordered around location, substrate and the water and nutrient balance, we have compiled below clearly.

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Planting cilantro in a container – this is what you should pay attention.

The young plant grown by your own hands should have 3 to 4 true pairs of leaves and a height of at least 12-15 centimeters, if you plant it in a container. A perfectly suitable pot has a diameter of 12 centimeters and more, as well as a bottom opening for water drainage. On top of this, place a clay shard or a bit of grit (14,00 at Amazon*) as drainage. This is how it continues afterwards:

  • Fill in herbal soil or potting soil-sand mixture up to half the height of the pot.
  • press a hollow in it and insert the potted young plant in the center
  • fill with substrate up to the lower pair of leaves and water.

Give the watering water directly to the roots, without wetting the foliage. Thus, you prevent unwanted rot. After that, place the cilantro for 3-4 days in a semi-shaded place on the balcony, where he gets used to the sun’s rays. Its final location should be as sunny, warm and sheltered.

These aspects of care are in focus
Proper planting of coriander in a container sets the stage for vigorous, healthy growth. As a result, the spice plant requires little care. The following overview provides information on what is important here:

  • Water regularly in the tub when the soil has dried out.
  • If possible, do not water coriander, but water from below
  • the pre-fertilized substrate contains all the nutrients for the season
  • a mulch layer of compost, leaves or expanded clay (20,00€ at Amazon*) keeps the soil warm and moist
  • If a cilantro presents pale leaves over time, this circumstance indicates a lack of nutrients. In this case, administer an organic liquid fertilizer or press guano sticks into the substrate every 2 weeks.
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Tips & Tricks
Does the flowering of cilantro always get in the way of your leaf harvest far too early? Then try the leaf coriander ‘Cilantro’, also known as ‘Chinese parsley’. The flowering cannot be completely prevented here, but at least this variety takes much longer with it.


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