(please see separate article for Vietnamese Coriander as these two plants are very different)
- Coriander is prone to bolting during the summer, so it is a really good idea to plant it in a cool, shady spot that gets a little morning sun.
- Pots work well, but make sure they are deep as coriander likes to put down good roots. A raised bed would be good as well. Make sure they are in fertile soil
- Plant 20-25cm apart
- Keep the soil a little moist, but don’t overwater. The best time to water them is at noon in bright sunshine (quite the opposite from most plants!)
- As plants grow you will see small pairs of leaves on the lower sections of the stems. To encourage bushy growth, pinch stems off to a pair of these baby leaves. Also pinch off like this if you see any flower buds appearing - this will keep the plant producing leaves for longer.
- Pinch off leaves as and when you want to use them.
- Leaves have better flavour before the plant flowers.
- Your coriander plant will inevitably bolt at some stage. At this point it will start to form seeds. You can keep these. Just wait until the flowers have died. Then, cut the stems and pop the tops of the coriander into a brown paper bag, leaving the stems sticking out the other end. Tie the bag around the stems and hang it upside down in a cool, dry place. 3 or 4 weeks later, you can simply shake them and the dry seeds will fall out into the bottom of the bag. You can either keep them to sow the following year use them in your cooking.
Cutting the stems down on a regular basis will help to prevent the coriander plant from bolting.
Annual or Perennial?
Coriander is an annual, so will naturally flower and then die back at the end of the season. Pop the old plant on the compost pile.
Is Coriander good for Companion Planting?
We're not aware of coriander being a beneficial companion plant, but if you allow it to flower it is very good for the bees!