Aromatic Coriander

Plant of the week
Naledi Farm

Coriander is by far the best fresh herb there is. Yes, it’s even better than basil. Coriander brightens up all of our favourite dishes. Think about it: where would our curries be without coriander? I LOVE its fresh flavour, while others swear it tastes like soap, can you believe that! Here are a few tips on how you can grow your own.

Where to Grow

Coriander enjoys a sunny position but appreciates a little shade during the hottest part of the day. Plants will run to seed more quickly if stressed by hot weather.

When to Grow

Sow coriander seeds directly into your garden in early spring, that is early September once the threat of frost has lessened.

How to Grow

Prepare the soil thoroughly. If your soil needs to be improved, add good garden compost or well rotted manure. Rake into the surface of the soil to remove any large lumps or stones. Sow seeds 4cm apart. Remember not to sow the seed too deep! As a rule of thumb seeds should be planted at a depth of two times the width, or diameter of the seed. Germination of coriander takes up to 3 weeks, so be patient. Keep the soil moist (not soggy) until the seeds sprout. Thin young plants to 20cm apart to allow them to grow to their full size.

Plant Care

Ensure the soil never dries out. If flowers develop remove them immediately – this ensures the plants focus their energy on growing new leaves. We re-sow our coriander every three weeks to ensure we have a continual supply during the summer.

Top tip: Grow next to beans, potatoes, spinach, carrots, lettuce and cabbage. Coriander attracts beneficial insects like ladybugs that will prey on harmful pests like aphids, potato beetles and cabbage moths.

Do you find information shared here helpful, please leave us your comments. We would love to hear form you.

Happy Gardening, Manti

4 thoughts on “Aromatic Coriander

  1. Zama

    This is really informative. Much appreciated, thank you. I was actually just about to sow my seeds today, so this couldn’t have come at a better time. As much as I’d like to agree with you that coriander is the Queen of herbs, I also think thyme is. So I guess the herb kingdom is allowed 2 Queens 😄

    1. Manti Maifadi

      We are happy that you find the information here helpful🌼. Yes I completely agree, let’s make room for two queens. I absolutely love thyme.

      Manti

  2. Roxanne

    Love your resources and your passion for sharing your knowledge and expertise. Well done Manti and found this really helpful. Thank you! One question, I have three coriander plants growing. How do I go about re-sowing them so I also have a continual supply? Coriander is my favourite herb so I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments ❤️

    1. Naledi Farm

      Thank you Roxanne for your kind words. I am glad that you find what we share here useful. You can plants your coriander every 2-4 weeks for a continuous harvest. You will find that coriander goes to seed more quickly now that it is hot. But no worries, you can collect the seeds to use in your cooking.

      Enjoy
      Manti

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