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How to Use the Stem and Root of Coriander

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Stem and Root of Coriander

Someone who loves lush green gardens would love growing different plants in his balcony, patio, or lawn.

Not only flowers and vines but a true gardener would also love growing all the possible veggies and fruits in his garden. After all, the satisfaction of eating something out of your little house farm can be compared to nothing.

Many things can be easily grown in all kinds of gardens. Mint and coriander or cilantro are the most common plants.

The reason is that these plants can be grown even in pots or containers, meaning that you do not need a garden in specific. If you are a beginner, coriander or cilantro is the easiest plant you can start with.

There are numerous ways by which this plant can be grown. However, the most common question people come across while growing it is – how to grow cilantro from cuttings? The reason is that getting cuttings of cilantro is the easiest way of regrowing them.

For those of you who do not know, cilantro is just another word for coriander. However, the fresh baby leaves of coriander are mostly referred to as cilantro.

Growing Cilantro with Stem and Root Cutting

Cilantro is considered one of the easiest herbs to grow because of its versatile growing nature. Even if you do not have seeds, you can still start with some fresh coriander cuttings. Since it is common for cuttings to die due to a lot of reasons, an important thing to keep in mind is that you collect a good amount of cilantro cuttings.

Around 15 to 20 cuttings of some fresh cilantro from the market would work great to start with a regular pot. Now, a common mistake that most people make is that they end up sowing a single cutting or two in a pot.

A single or even two seedlings do not usually thrive. So, a group of seedlings (cilantro cuttings) should be planted in one pot. This gives the right environment to grow, and they provide humidity and shade to each other when planted in a group.

Now that you know that cilantro can be grown out of cuttings, let us go a step further. If you decide on growing cilantro by cuttings, there are two ways by which you can do it- by stem cutting and by root cutting. Let us see the process for both.

Stem Cutting – Once you have fresh cilantro, you can pluck off the leaves for your use and separate the stems for the planting process. Once you have the stems, cut them 3 to 4 inches, and place them in your container or pot. An extremely important thing to keep in mind is that you place them correctly. Make sure that you place the root side downwards in the pot and the shooting side goes upwards. Reversing it would never give cilantro plants.

Root Cutting – Just like the stems are cut in the stem cutting process, roots will be used for the process here. Simply cut the roots of cilantro along with 3 to 4 inches of stem and place them in your container or pot. As compared to the stem cutting process, this one is much easier and takes less time to grow.

However, storing or freezing the roots after cutting them will not ever work here. Roots are required to be grown fresh as soon as they are cut. Growing them fresh also highly increases the rate of germination.

Medium- Water or Soil?

No matter what you use- stem or root, for your planting process of cilantro, it will grow the same when the right conditions are given. When growing cilantro using these cuttings, there are two mediums in which you can grow. You can choose either water (soilless base) or soil to grow them.

If you use soil, make sure it is well-drained and moist. The cilantro plant thrives the best in regular pots or containers, so it is advised to grow them directly in one. The pot/box you use should have enough depth for the roots of the cilantro to grow well.

For those of you who cannot get the right soil or who do not want to grow cilantro in soil, you can use just water. Simply place the cuttings in any jar with a water-filled quarter. The cuttings in water will start showing roots in two weeks.

Just make sure that you regularly change the water in your container otherwise the cuttings might die. You can also use liquid fertilizers in your water to get better results. When the leaves start showing, make sure that they do not submerge in the water, always keep them above the water. No matter how you choose to grow your cilantro, giving the right environment will surely make them thrive.

Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen is the founder of OrganizeWithSandy and Works with Champalimaud Design where she curates and creates fresh ideas for designing and styling your life.

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