Split seeds for precise planting.
Cilantro "seeds" are actually fruits that contain 2 or more seeds. These monogerm seeds have been split in half, allowing for more precise planting. Like the leaves and seeds, the flowers are also edible. Best used raw because the flavor fades quickly when cooked. Sprinkle to taste on salads, bean dishes, chicken, and spicy southwestern dishes. Flavor is of mild cilantro. Avg. 4,700 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.
- DAYS TO MATURITY: 50-55 to leaf harvest; 90-105 to seed
- HYBRID STATUS: Open Pollinated
DAYS TO GERMINATION:7-10 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C)
SOWING:Direct seed (recommended) - Direct seed spring through late summer. Sow 1-2 seeds per inch, 1/4- 1/2" deep in rows 12-18" apart. For leaf harvest, there is no need to thin, as cilantro continues to grow well even when sown thickly. For coriander seed production, thin to stand 2-4" apart. Successive sowings can be done every 2-3 weeks for continual harvest of leaves.
LIGHT PREFERENCE:Sun. In most locations, bolting is likely in the heat of midsummer.
HARVEST:Leaves may be harvested once the plants have become established and before flowering begins. Mature seeds are produced about 3 months after planting and are harvested when dry on the plant.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Does best in rich, well-drained soil.
SCIENTIFIC NAME:Coriandrum sativum