A Guide To Planting Cilantro In A Pot

Last Updated on July 30, 2022 by Griselda M.

Planting cilantro in a pot provides you with an opportunity to grow your herbs even if you don’t have a garden.

Cilantro is a herb that belongs to the family of cumin, coriander and parsley. The leaves of this plant are used in cooking different dishes like salads and soups. It has a sweet, yet slightly bitter taste.

You can also use it in Mexican food dishes and curries. This plant can be planted in a garden or in a pot. You can also plant cilantro in a greenhouse.

This article will show you how to plant cilantro in a pot. It will help you learn how to grow your herbs from seed indoors and outdoors.

A Complete Guide To Planting Cilantro In A Pot

Before you start planting cilantro, make sure that you have all the materials needed. These materials include:

  • Pot
  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • A source of light

2 Types of Cilantro Seeds – 250 Calypso & 250 Santo Cilantro Seeds for Planting Indoors

Planting Cilantro In A Pot

Step By Step – Planting Cilantro In A Pot 

  1. Find a pot that will hold about one liter of water. The pot should be shallow with a drainage hole at the bottom.
  2. The soil should be loose and well-drained.
  3. Cilantro requires a good amount of sun, so choose a spot where it can get plenty of sunlight. You may also want to consider planting it in a container, as this allows you to move it around if you feel like it is not growing well.
  4. Choose a seed that has already sprouted. Cilantro is a biennial plant and will only sprout once every two years. It should be planted in spring or fall, depending on where you live. If you have seeds already sprouted, make sure that they are in a warm place where there is air movement. Remove any old leaves and dirt from the seedlings. You do not want the cilantro to be dirty.
  5. When you are ready to plant your cilantro, take the pot outside and fill it with the soil and water. You should keep the soil moist, but not so wet that it will start to rot.
  6. As the cilantro grows, it will begin to produce new leaves. Your cilantro will be ready for harvest in about two weeks.
  7. Harvest your cilantro by cutting the leaves at 1 1/2 inches long. When you have cut all of the cilantro, wash it thoroughly to remove any dirt or insects. You can dry your cilantro by hanging it up to dry and it will be ready to use after three weeks.
  8. Cilantro is a great addition to soups, salads, tacos, and rice dishes. Cilantro is also used as a herb for tea. You can make a cilantro tea by adding one tablespoon of cilantro leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let the leaves steep for 10 minutes, then strain the leaves out of the water.

Why Grow Cilantro In A Pot?

There are a number of ways for planting cilantro in a pot.  Cilantro is a member of the mint family. Some people grow it in pots, others on trellises or on stakes, and some grow it in a hanging basket. We decided to grow cilantro in a pot because it provides a safer place to grow compared to growing in the garden.

Tips For Growing Healthy Cilantro In A Pot

  • If you want to grow cilantro indoors, you will need a pot with drainage holes.
  • You can add fish fertilizer or use water-soluble fertilizer to feed your plants.
  • You can plant seeds directly in the soil or you can transplant seedlings from a nursery.
  • When you’re ready to plant seeds, put them in a small dish of water and let them sit until they are germinated. This could take anywhere from 1-2 days.
  • Once you have a few seedlings, transfer them into the soil. Be sure to keep the soil damp as you do this.
  • To make sure your plants stay healthy, water them regularly. Water every day, but only when the soil feels dry, and keep an eye out for pests.
  • Cilantro is a herb and is not fussy about temperature. You can grow it inside or outside in the summer months.
  • Keep your cilantro well away from other plants. If you have a greenhouse, keep your cilantro on the top shelf.

To harvest your cilantro, pull the leaves from the stem and store them in a glass jar with a lid. It’s best to use fresh cilantro right away.

Tips To Growing Healthy Cilantro In A Pot

In Summary Of Planting Cilantro In A Pot

Planting cilantro in a pot should be easy and quick. It is recommended to plant cilantro seeds in small pots. You may want to choose small pots with a diameter of eight cm or more. The height of the pot should be at least 18-20 cm.

The pot should contain enough soil for cilantro to grow well. Water the pot well before you plant it. When planting cilantro, you can use most types of soil.

Cilantro seedlings will grow very fast. You can plant cilantro seeds at the beginning of April, as long as the last frost has already occurred.

Cilantro plants need a lot of water for the first two weeks. However, after that, they only need to be watered 1-2 times per week. Cilantro plants need fertilizers in the beginning and middle of their growth period.

When planting cilantro in a pot, you should use ¼ cup of nitrogen-based fertilizer (21-0-0) for every 25 square feet of growing area. Cilantro plants should be fertilized one to two times per growing season.

FAQ’s

Does cilantro grow well in pots?

Yes, it grows very well and will do best in a larger pot with ample water.  Remember, too much water will cause it to rot and die. 

How many cilantro plants can I grow in a pot?

You can plant as many as you want depending on the size of your pot.  The larger the pot, the more cilantro plants you can grow. 

Does cilantro need sun or shade?

Cilantro does not need sun but it needs good light.  It will grow well in a bright window sill if you are careful about keeping the soil moist.  When growing it outdoors, select a site hat does not receive direct sun rather choose one that has partial sun and shade. 

How to grow cilantro in a pot?

Cilantro is a tropical herb. It needs a warm temperature and lots of water.  You can grow it indoors or outside in pots.  It is easy to grow. You only need to water once or twice a week and it is ready for harvest after six weeks.