Black Cumin, also called nutmeg flower and roman coriander, produce plants 1 foot tall with 1-inch whitish flowers with a hint of blue and produce a large seed pod. Use is primarily culinary, seeds are spicy and aromatic and frequently used in breads and cakes, much as you would poppy seeds.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and lightly cover the seed
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperatures. Transplant 3-6" apart around the last frost.
Sowing Outdoors: Mid-spring when the soil temperature reaches 60-65ºF. Sow a few seeds every 3-6" apart. Thin to the strongest seedling.
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branching
Height and Width: 12” x 12”
Spacing: 3-6” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Black Cumin needs fertile, well-drained soil
Flowering: 60-70 days
Harvest: Remove the pods when they turn brown and before they shatter. Place in a paper bag until they are fully ripened and dry
Uses: Culinary, medicinal, flowers attract bees and beneficial insects
Care: Water well during dry weather
Tips: Sow a few times a season, every 3-4 weeks for continuous flowers and seed harvest