Growing CIlantro- Benefits and Instructions


Benefits of Growing Cilantro

  • Medicinal - Cilantro can rid the body of heavy metals, has strong antioxidant properties, lower blood sugar levels and prevents urinary tract infections.
  • Multipurpose - The stems, seeds (coriander), leaves and roots are all edible
  • Nutritional Profile - Loaded with nutrients including; Vitamin A, C, E and K as well as riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6.
  • Use in: Salsas, curries, soups, stews and pickled vegetables.
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Growing Instructions


Sun Exposure: Full sun or light shade.
Soil: Prefers a deep, fertile soil which can be either light or heavy, as long as it is well draining.
Moisture: Water regularly, being careful not to overwater. Allow soil to go almost dry between watering, then soak thoroughly.
Planting: Plant early in the spring after the danger of frost. 
Spacing: Plant 1-9 cilantro plants per square foot of growing space using Square Foot Gardening Method.  Or plant 6 inches apart.
Sow seeds: Sow seeds directly in the garden 1⁄2 inch deep



Using scissors snip the whole stem as close to the soil as possible, working from the outside of the plant in (the outside stems are the oldest). It is important to harvest regularly to keep the plant from bolting.


To store fresh cilantro, place the stem ends in a jar of water and place a plastic bag around the leaves to keep humidity in. Unfortunately cilantro does not dry very well, it looses almost all its flavour. However it freezes well and retains its flavour. 


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