This plant has a mild fragrance
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Coriandrum sativum is an annual herb that is often used in curries, chutneys and even soups. It is commonly called Coriander or Cilantro. Coriander is a multi-use plant that has also been used in homoeopathic digestive remedies. The umbels of purple flowers make it an attractive plant that can also be used in bedding displays for cottage-style gardens. It can be used as insect repellent too, the seeds and leaves are used in cooking, often with meat in the making of biltong.
Common problems with Cilantro
Aphids, various mites, thrips and whitefly. Check under the leaves and inspect regularly.
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How to harvest Cilantro
Harvest the young leaves constantly throughout the growing season though they do not store dry well. Freezing the fresh leaves is the best storage method. Let the seeds dry on the plants and harvest when brown.
How to propagate Cilantro
Sowing time ideally in spring/summer. The spacing between 15-20 cm with a sowing depth of 6-8 mm. Germination time on average is around 7-12 days. Thin or replant the little seedlings as soon as they can be handled.
Special features of Cilantro
Repels harmful insects
Repels Aphids and Carrot Root Fly
Other uses of Cilantro
Leaves are used to flavour spicy Asian or Middle Eastern dishes. The dried seeds is an important herb in biltong and boerewors. The leaves have a different taste from the seeds.
The scent of the leaves keep flies away.
It has been used in several homoeopathic digestive remedies.
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Edibles to Sow Outdoors in May
If the soil is warm enough, sow direct into prepared beds.