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How to Grow Coriander

Growing coriander in Containers, Gardens and Allotments

Latin Name Coriandrum sativum
Type of Plant Annual
Suitable for Containers,  Growbags, Garden Beds, Allotments

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Plant Dimensions

Height up to 60cm/2 ft  -  Spread  Up to 20cm/8"

Where to Sow

Outdoors/indoors in pots 7.5cm/3" diameter or directly in the ground in a  sunny position. 

Sowing time

Outdoors - March/April - temperature   +16C/61F.

Indoors - Can be grown all year round indoors.

How to Sow

3 seeds per pot - 12mm/½" deep

After Germination

Keep moist.

Growing on -  in Pots

When 5cm/2"tall, thin to 1 plant per pot. Seedlings to not transplant well.


Harden off  plants which have been raised indoors and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.


Remove flower heads regularly to prolong leaf production

Growing on - in open ground

When 5cm/2"tall, Thin or plant out  15cm/6"apart in beds or growbags


Remove flower heads regularly to prolong leaf production


Whole plants when 15cm/6-inches tall or leaves (sparingly)  as and when needed.  If you require seeds, leave flower heads to develop then gather the seeds when they are hard and ripe.

Pot up plants grown in open ground in autumn, before frosts, for extended use indoors.

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to all vegetables

Repels aphids


The leaves and seeds are widely used as an ingredient and garnish in Asian cooking including curries and fresh leaves are excellent in salads and soups

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