Cilantro is one of those rare herbs that is packed with flavour. It is also very easy to grow in an indoor grow space, but it takes a little more than water to produce a healthy plant. Cilantro grows indoors, and you don’t need a greenhouse or any other complicated equipment. It can grow in windowsills and other places where these plants can receive just a small amount of sunlight.
To succeed with the indoor gardening of cilantro, you do need to pay attention and provide proper conditions. This article will hopefully teach you everything that you need to know about growing cilantro indoors.
About How to Grow Cilantro Indoors
- Use a container
- Keep it warm
- Make sure there is enough sunlight
- Water it in the morning and let it dry completely before watering again.
- Try not to overwater it
Cilantro plants need plenty of water, and the soil should be moist at all times. Cilantro thrives in soil that is moist, but not wet. A soil test is recommended to determine the correct pH level.
Use well-draining potting soil that has a pH of between 6.0 and 7.0. Cilantro doesn’t do well in soil that is too acidic or too alkaline.
If your indoor grow space is too dry, it can cause the leaves to turn yellow. The leaves will also turn brown and fall off if the indoor grow space is too wet.
Cilantro is prone to fungal diseases, so it’s important to avoid allowing the plant to sit wet for more than a few hours. This could lead to fungal root rot.
Cilantro prefers temperatures between 75- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is ideal for the plant to grow and reproduce, but it can be challenging to maintain indoors, particularly when the temperature drops.
Cilantro prefers direct sunlight, so direct light from a south-facing window is optimal for the plant. The plant will need 10 to 12 hours of sunlight per day.
Growing Cilantro Indoors: Tips and Tricks
Growing cilantro from seed indoors allows you to control its growing conditions, ensuring it obtains maximum flavour and nutrition. It can also result in longer harvests, as cilantro is a short-lived herb.
Here are some tips and tricks for growing cilantro indoors.
Growing cilantro indoors is a relatively simple process. It’s ideal for people who love herbs but don’t have a lot of space in their garden.
Step 1: Plant cilantro seeds
The first step to growing cilantro indoors is purchasing seeds. Look for seeds that have a green cap over them. Once picked, the seeds are not viable so it’s important to purchase them in advance.
Step 2: Sow seeds
Once you’ve decided to grow cilantro indoors, it’s time to plant the seeds. Place the seeds in fine-textured, well-drained soil. Cover the seeds with 1 inch of soil. Gently water the soil.
Step 3: Keep the soil moist
Water the soil every few days until germination takes place. Once the seeds have sprouted, water the soil a few times each week. Keep the soil moist, but not wet.
Step 4: Transplant to larger containers
Once cilantro seedlings are about 4 inches tall, it is time to transplant. Remove each seedling from its pot. Remove the plant’s lower leaves. Place each plant in a slightly larger pot. Replace the lower leaves.
Step 5: Keep soil moist
Water the soil every few days.
Step 6: Harvest
Harvest cilantro leaves once the plants begin to flower. Cut the leaves off the plant and pinch the stems. Cut individual leaves or pinch bunches together.
Step 7: Store
Store the harvested cilantro in the refrigerator.