Large Leaf Cilantro
The primary use of cilantro in Latin American cooking is the leaves. We have a special variety that is bred to maximize foliage production and not bolt. In our trials, Large Leaf Cilantro produced three times the yield of regular cilantro over a much longer period. It is often used in combination with tomatillo, tomatoes, and chiles, creating unforgettable sauces. It is also known as Mexican parsley or Chinese parsley. Bolted plants produce flowers that are attractive to beneficial insects.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow 1/2” deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost. Sow a few seeds per cell/pot. Using peat, cow, or paper pots can help with the stress of transplanting, they grow delicate roots and successful transplanting may be challenging. Transplant seedlings out mid/late spring, 2-4” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Spring when the soil temperature reaches 60ºF. Sow 1” apart.
Height and Width: 24-36” x 12-18”
Spacing: 1-4” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Large Leaf Cilantro needs average to fertile, well-drained soil
Flowering: 40-50 days leaves, 90-100 days flowers
Harvest: Start harvesting at any stage; from microgreen size, baby leave size to mature. Use fresh, dried, or freeze.
Uses: Culinary, edible flowers, flowers attract bees and beneficial insects
Care: Keep watered during dry periods, helps to prevent early bolting. Removing flower stalks helps keep the plant producing leaves for a longer period.
Tips: Self-seeds, remove seed heads if you do not want volunteers. Bolts quickly in the heat of the summer. Harvest coriander seeds by allowing plants to flower and go to seed. Sow every 3 weeks for a continuous harvest. Try growing as microgreens indoors in the winter. Grows well in containers.