The fresh leaves of cilantro, commonly known as Mexican parsley, are used in a variety of Asian and Latin cuisines. Its seeds can be collected and used as a spice known as coriander and the leaves, flowers, and seeds are all edible. Growing cilantro adds a lot of flavor to your kitchen and it’s our favorite fresh garden addition during taco night!
This calypso variety is slow to bolt, making it perfect for growing in Hawaii.
Days to Maturity: 50-55 for leaf harvest; 120-150 for seeds
Plant size: 12-18” tall, if allowed to go to seed
Plant spacing: 2-4” apart for leaf harvest, 8-10” apart for seed harvest
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Cilantro likes to receive full sun to partial shade and live in rich, well-draining soil. Keep the soil moist especially during hot spells.
Harvesting: Leaves may be harvested once the plants have become established and before flowering begins. Harvest leaves by cutting the stems near ground level. Try not to harvest more than one-third of the leaves at a time, or you may weaken the plant. Mature seeds are produced about 3 months after planting and are harvested once dry on the plant. A few days after you harvest the seeds, the round husks will dry and split in two, dropping the edible seed inside.
Culinary: It is best to use cilantro fresh in cooking. Add chopped leaves at the last minute for maximum flavor. Store coriander seeds in a cool cabinet or the refrigerator and use them in curry, poultry, relishes, and pickles.
Nutrients: Freshly chopped cilantro is an excellent source of potassium, is low in calories and is good for the digestive system.
Companion planting: Plant near spinach, caraway, dill, basil, tansy, chervil, alyssum, beans, cosmos, zinnias, and sunflowers. Keep away from tomatoes, lavender, thyme, rosemary, and fennel.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.