The world is divided when it comes to coriander – people either love it or hate it! If you love it, why not grow it?  Also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, this glorious herb can be used in many Asian dishes, paired with fish, soups, salads and even ground into pesto. The best bit? You can use the whole plant –leaves, stems, roots and seeds, too.


How to grow coriander in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in your garden that sits mostly in full sun (when growing in winter) or part shade (when growing in summer).  
  2. Enrich soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.  Sow seeds 6mm deep and 20cm apart. Water in well 
  3. Feed seedlings weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate and mulch with an organic mulch, such as pea or lucerne straw. 
  4. Water regularly. Don’t let the plants dry out as the stress may cause them to bolt (set seed), which will make the leaves tough and almost tasteless. 
  5. Snip leaves off as you please and this will encourage more to grow back.

     
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How to grow coriander in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that’s at least 200mm wide and deep and position a sunny or partly shaded spot.
  2. Fill pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix. Sow seeds and water in well. 
  3. Feed seedlings weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate
  4. Water regularly. Don’t let the plants dry out as the stress may cause them to bolt (set seed), which will make the leaves tough and almost tasteless. 
  5. Snip leaves off as you please and this will encourage more to grow back.

Yates varieties

Coriander

A fast growing leafy herb widely used for culinary purposes.


Growing tips

  • Coriander is renowned for being difficult to grow. This reputation comes mostly from its bad habit of quickly rushing to flower and set seed (bolting). Yates Coriander is a ‘slow-bolt’ variety that’s less likely to do this, but even the best of corianders is unreliable when it’s very hot, very cold or when the plants experience sudden changes in their growing conditions.

  • Probably the easiest way to maintain a good supply of fresh coriander is to plant seeds every few weeks from September right though until the end of autumn. Take a break over winter and begin sowing again in early spring. That way, if your coriander does go to seed, you’ll have more fresh plants on the way.

  • Check the soil moisture regularly if growing in a pot, especially if growing in a terracotta pot – this dries out faster than other materials. Insert your index finger into the soil to your first knuckle – if it’s moist, don’t water, but if it’s moist, water well. If allowed to dry out, coriander will bolt. 

 



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Rosemary

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Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.