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Oh, Coriander, how we love you!
This is a tender green leafy herb which is an absolute essential for those who love Asian cooking.
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Number of plants: 3
Variety: Cilantro (organic*)
Can be grown in: Deep pots and containers. Preferably somewhere that gets the morning sun and a bit of shade later in the day. Find out more in our growing guide below.
In the kitchen: Young leaves are delicious chopped fresh and added to salads. Or use the leaves and stems for some very tasty stir-fries and curries. It works wonderfully as a flavouring alongside lime, chilli and lemon grass.
Plant out: late April to early July. These plants will arrive in biodegradable pots.
Coriander is best grown in light soil, somewhere where they get the morning sun but are largely in the shade during the afternoon when it is hotter.
Can be grown in....
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.
How far apart?
20-25cm apart or one plant to a pot.
When your herb plants arrive....
Your baby plants will arrive carefully packed in straw. They may look a little tired from their travels. This is quite normal but, as soon as possible, carefully unpack them all.
Then, stand them upright. The roots may be dry, so give them all a good drink of water by submerging the roots for a few minutes in a container of clean water. Now they are ready to plant.
This herb plant is an annual
This means that it is a plant that completes its entire lifecycle in one year.
Looking after your plants....
The key to growing coriander is in not letting it bolt – that means you will need to keep conditions “just right” and cut stems regularly. Here are our top tips:
Keep the soil a little moist, and don’t let it dry out.
Keep the seeds
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.
They're ready to harvest when....
Pick your coriander leaves often and cut stems off as you need them. Don’t forget that you can eat the dried seeds too.
Annual – a plant that completes its entire lifecycle in one year
Perennial – a plant that “dies” down at the end of the season, but comes back to life again year after year
Biennial – a plant that takes 2 years to complete its lifecycle before dying
Coriander works really well with lime, ginger, coconut and chilli. It is perfect in the following types of dishes:
When we deliver
We deliver these plants from late April through to July, although it’s a little dependent on the weather.
You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered now and we’ll despatch them as soon as they are big enough to both handle the journey to your garden and handle life outside the poly tunnel.
Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.
We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.