Whereas direct sowing of coriander can be tight with the seed harvest, growing it indoors provides a considerable growth advantage. Here we explain in a practical way how you can easily grow the Mediterranean spice plant yourself at home.
The best time and recommended pots for growing.
So that the cultivation in the house works like clockwork, the time must be chosen carefully. In order to be able to transplant vital and compact seedlings into the bed, sowing in the house must not start before March. Otherwise, the seedlings will die because of the dark light conditions.
Since pre-pulled coriander plants do not like to relocate, we recommend sowing in peat press pots. These can later be planted together with the root ball in the bed and pot. This considerably reduces stress for the plants and keeps them happy.
How to successfully sow seeds on the windowsill
The fresher the seed, the faster germination will proceed. The extent to which soaking the seeds has a beneficial effect here is a matter of controversy among amateur gardeners. Here’s how to approach the project step by step:
- Fill the seed pots with peat sand, herb or seed soil.
- press the substrate a little and moisten it
- sow 1-2 seeds per pot and as light seedlings only thinly over-sieve
Ideally, an indoor greenhouse is available to place the seed pots in. Alternatively, put a plastic bag over each pot. In a semi-shaded place at temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees Celsius, germination starts within 1 week. The plastic cover has now done its job and is discarded.
Planting seedlings – how to do it correctly.
When there is no longer a threat of ground frost outdoors, plant the seedlings in the bed. For this purpose, choose a sunny to semi-shady location. The soil should be nutrient-rich, humus-rich and, above all, well-drained. Now you will benefit from the peat press pots, because they are planted together with the coriander plant. When watering, be careful not to sprinkle your seedlings from above.
Tips & Tricks
With a precisely balanced temperature, you counteract the dreaded shooting when growing cilantro. As long as the temperature does not significantly exceed the 20-degree mark on the thermometer, the seedlings will develop a compact habit.