Cilantro is derived from the Coriander Savtum plant is an herb that adds flavor to global cuisine across various parts of the globe. They are also known as Coriander or Chinese parsley. In some countries, there are differences between Cilantro and Coriander as dried seeds are called coriander and the stem and leaves as Cilantro.
In some countries, all the dried seeds, stems, and leaves are called coriander. Both are rich in minerals and vitamins. One can get a huge amount of Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and other health benefits. Though both look like Cilantro are famous because of their fresh nature and fragrance. This is a commonly and daily used food product at every home.
In the market, sometimes there are chances of delivering unhealthy Cilantro, which is harmful. To avoid all this, one can grow cilantro at your place at our convenience. Despite there are many ways to grow indoors, we focus on how to grow cilantro from cuttings.
How to Grow Cilantro from Cuttings
To begin the process, one must collect the stem cuttings and then grow in a medium step by step for green and healthy cilantro.
Collect The Cuttings
Reason for choosing this process is that growing with seeds is very easy and gives better results. One must take 15-20 dry cuttings per regular pot. These cuttings can be affected if they do not get enough shade and humidity. To solve this, use a group of seedlings in a pot rather than one. Types of cutting used are stem cuttings and root cuttings.
Root Cutting: This is a very easy process as it gives fast results than stem cutting. Cut the roots from 3-4 inches of stem. Clean it properly and place it in the ground as they remain fresh and increase the rate of germination.
Stem Cutting: In this process, a person buys cilantro from the market and uses its stem by keeping leaves aside. This is a complicated process as it must be done in a manner.
Once you have collected the cuttings by the above process, you need to decide the growth medium for better results. There are two media of growths for cilantro using cuttings. They are soil and water. Cilantro grows easily in both mediums, but one must decide which one is comfortable growing them.
Out of both the mediums, cilantro gives better results when grown in pots as it has a tap root system that favors a pot or box with enough soil depth. Growing in water takes time (two weeks) to give results. One can place the cuttings in a jar of water where it requires a constant change of water. Liquid fertilizer is advisable to use when one chooses a water medium.
Once you collected and decided on the medium to grow them, please follow the below steps carefully for healthy cilantro at your fingertips.
It involves seven steps: soil preparation, space for cuttings, watering, fertilization, light and temperature, harvesting, and care of the cilantro.
A first and important step for the process. Soil can be prepared manually or purchased from the market. It prefers well-drained soil with enough moisture in it. To prepare the soil on our own, we require potting soil, leaf mold, sand, and vermicast.
Mix two parts of potting soil with one part of leaf mold along with the small proportion of vermicast. This is the perfect soil for its growth.
Space between the cuttings is important as they receive enough water, temperature, and moisture. If they are placed in a pot, ensure there is a gap of six inches between them.
Without water, no plant can grow. Constant watering with a better technique will improve their growth rate. One can apply growing water from beneath the pot, which keeps the soil moist and does not affect the roots much. Overwatering plants is not advisable at any time.
Usage of fertilizer will make roots stronger. Organic slow-feeding fertilizers are best for growing green cilantro using cutting. This can be applied once a month when a high dose of fertilizer is used.
Light and Temperature
Cilantro favors more sunlight or places where they get a little bit of shade. The hot temperature is best for their growth. One needs to ensure that cuttings are placed at a hot temperature with enough sunlight. Lack of light leads to chlorosis of cuttings. Artificial LED is the best solution to overcome this problem. This happens regularly at cold places, which heaters create a warm environment around them.
It takes 3-4 weeks to come up with leaves for cuttings. Harvesting of cilantro can be done either by seeds or leaves. When you harvest the leaves, make sure the fresh leaves are left. Cutting all the leaves is not a good practice as you will not use all leaves at once. These leaves get dry easily and cannot be used further. So please cut the leaves as per the use.
Care From Diseases
Cilantro requires less care from diseases as they are powerful because of its smell. It gets affected by diseases occasionally. Two common diseases one can encounter with cilantro. They are leaf spot and powdery smell. To protect from these two diseases, grow them in well-drained soil with moist enough in it.
One can grow cilantro by using other ways than cuttings. They can grow in many ways with the help of seeds. Seeds can be used in multiple ways like starting seeds in a regular pot, giving seeds a head start before using, repotting the seeds, and so on.
Cutting’s growth method gives better results in less time. The cut and come again method is used for growing cilantro from seeds indoors. The best time to grow cilantro is in early spring, as they give rich and healthy cilantro.
Note: For cilantro, use fertilizer formulas rich in nitrogen at first number (i.e., phosphorus) and the third number (i.e., potassium). If you are growing the plant for its seeds, forgo the fertilizer until it bolts, namely, produces seed, keep it in full sun and be a Scrooge with the watering. When growing for the leaves do the exact opposite.
In some countries, all the dried seeds, stems, and leaves are called coriander. Growing through cuttings is the best method for quick and best results. Types of cutting used are stem cuttings and root cuttings. There are two media of growths for cilantro using cuttings.
They are soil and water. It involves seven steps: soil preparation, space for cuttings, watering, fertilization, light and temperature, harvesting, and care of the cilantro. So, try growing at your home to use daily.