Two Easiest Ways to Grow Coriander at Home

Grow coriander at home

Being a cook in India is tricky. We use a variety of spices and herbs, making for a fascinating range of tastes. As you can imagine, it does not come easy. One needs to have in-depth knowledge about those spices while using them to add an authentic flavor to the dishes. It is all about the right mixture and application. Speaking of which, there is, however, one particular herb that goes with almost anything. Of course, the title gave it away. We are talking about Coriander.

What is Coriander?

Coriander is a spice coming from the little-round, light brown seeds of the coriander plant (Coriandrum sativum). Belonging to the parsley species, the leaf of the coriander plant itself is an herb known as cilantro. Yet, the word coriander defines the entire plant: leaves, stems, seeds, and all.

What does coriander taste like?

In Indian and Central Asian recipes, there is a practice of using coriander in large amounts. We cook them until the aroma passes on to other items like potatoes or meat. The fresh leaves taste slightly sour like lime. Having said so, the specialty of these leaves doesn’t lie in how they taste, instead, in how they smell.

Coming to the seeds, they have a lemony citrus flavor when pounded. Moreover, they are warm, nutty, savory, and also orange-flavored.

How to Grow Coriander in the House?

Pick the right coriander seeds

Choosing the right seeds for germination is the first task to tick off in this regard. Of course, that should not come as a surprise. However, it can be tricky to differentiate the right ones from the wrong ones if you don’t know a few techniques. What are those? Here they are:

  • If a grain still is green or any greenish hue left in it, it means it’s not fully dry or matured. Leave it to dry.
  • To ensure if the coriander seeds are dry or not, you can leave them in a cup full of water for about an hour. The ones that are dry are more likely to sink than those aren’t.

Now when you have your coriander seeds ready, let’s go to the next part.

Prepare the seeds for germination

After selecting the right seeds, now it is time to take out your pestle & mortar set. Put the seeds in the bowl and crush them lightly. The goal is to split them into halves, not to smash them entirely.

Two types of coriander growing methods:

Okay, so you have your seeds ready. Now it’s time to put them into use.

There are two ways to do that.

Growing coriander in water (Hydrophonic)

1. What you need:

  • Soft water
  • Non-transparent container to hold water
  • Solid net pot or basket
  • Water-soluble fertilizer

2. Process:

The setup

First of all, you need to place the net pot on the container. The diameter of the vessel should be in sync with the bottom of the net basket. Now put those crushed grains in the net evenly.

I advise you against using all the seeds at the same time. Instead, divide them into three lots and place them into the pot in an interval of 10 to 15 days. In this way, you can have more corps in different orders.

After placing them on the net pot, it is time to pour water into the container via the basket full of seeds. Keep the water level in a way where the grains stay wet without submerging completely. But before that, you must charge the soft water with 1/4th tablespoon of fertilizer.

Where to place it?

It depends on the climate and environment you have. If the weather is cold, you can place the setup under the sun directly. On the contrary, if it’s hot, avoid direct contact with sunlight for a prolonged period.

3. Germination to Harvesting:

  • Germination will take about 7 to 10 days.
  • You must replace the water with a fresher refill (water+fertilizer) biweekly.
  • You can expect to see the true leaves around 20 to 25 days.
  • The harvesting period comes after 40-50 days after the first setup.

So, this is how the hydroponic method works for you to grow coriander indoors.

Growing coriander in soil

1. What you need:

  • A pot 
  • Garden soil
  • Cocopeat
  • Fertilizer
  • Perlite (Optional)
  • Pebbles (Optional)

2. Process:

Let’s begin the process by preparing the soil. Take the garden soil and mix it up with cocopeat. Don’t forget to moisturize, but don’t add too much water either. Now add the compost in the mix. Finish it up with stirring perlites into it. Perlite makes the potting mix fast draining.

The setup

Take the pot and make the tiny drainage holes into it. Next, put those small pebbles in the pot. These stones will prevent the soil from getting out while leaving ample room for the water to drain.

Yes, it’s time to fill it up with the potting mix. Upon filling it up, use your finger to draw mini lines in the soil. Now, scatter those seeds carefully. Done? Okay, cover it up with a thin layer of soil.

Lastly, use a spray bottle to wet the soil. Adding water directly might turn it muddy and spoil the whole thing.

Where to place it?

Okay, the set up is ready. Now it is the time to place it in the right spot. Just like the previous one, this setup is also sensitive to the environment and temperature. The bottom line is it needs light. And you can keep it on the balcony but keep it safe from the intense elements like a storm or scorching sun.

3. Germination to Harvesting:

  • Grains will sprout within 7 to 10 days.
  • Keep it hydrated with spray bottles. Again, the coriander plants are too delicate to sustain direct water.
  • In about 18 days the plant will grow up to 4 to 6 inches in length.
  • From now on you can cut up to 2/3 of the leaves from a plant each week, encouraging them to keep budding.

With that, now you have learned how to grow coriander in the house, using a pot.

Do’s and Don’ts while growing coriander plants.

Do’s and Don’ts of growing coriander in water:

Split the seedsSmash the seeds into dust
Use soft waterUse hard water
Keep the seeds in a way that they stay wet yet afloatSubmerge the seeds completely
Protect from harsh weatherKeep the seeds dry
Use proper fertilizerKeep outside when it’s raining.
Refill biweekly
Do’s and Don’ts of growing coriander in water

Do’s and Don’ts of growing coriander in soil:

Use gardening soilUse random soil
Spray the waterPour the water
Add a thin layer of soil over the seedsBury the seeds too deep
Keep the soil moistOver watering
Do’s and Don’ts of growing coriander in soil


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