Cilantro can be a hard to grow from seed as the setting must be just right to create seed germination. Cilantro seeds can easily catch mold/fungal diseases and make any chances of sprouting impossible. This article will show you how to germinate cilantro seeds indoors, in a pot, next to other plants, faster germination, etc.

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Preparing the Soil

  1. with soil.[1] Seed starting mix soil is suitable for this early stage of the plant.[2]
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  2. You can check by gently uncovering the soil with your fingers and exposing the seed.[6]
  3. If you uncovered the sprout than a green sprout should be visibly coming out of the seed.[7]
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Care for Cilantro Seedlings

  1. [8] This will help keep mold and diseases away from the seedling.[9]
  2. The seedling should not have more than 4/5 hours of full sunlight or else it can wilt and die.[10]
    • After 2-3 weeks, you can gradually increase the outdoor exposure of the plants and acclimatize them to the natural environment. Then transplant them outside.[11]
  3. [12] If you calculate the wrong number of seeds, the soil might be too tight to grow them all. You should remove extra plants so that the remaining cilantro seeds can thrive. You can also re-pot the plant and transplant it to another pot.[13]
  4. Kill most of the aphids, but leave a few to teach the cilantro to be immune and thrive even with aphids.[14]
    • Usually, aphids will always find their way to cilantro plants.
    • If plants are growing slower than usual, aphids could be the cause.
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Community Q&A

  • Question
    Fifteen days ago, I planted a row 75 feet long of cilantro, and not a single seed germinated. Any suggestions?
    Community Answer
    Community Answer
    Your question posted in February, and 15 days ago was January. Depending on your zone, most likely you planted the seeds during winter. If you're going to plant in winter, it is best to so indoors, and then transplant the seeds outdoors after the last frost.


  • Cilantro plants may grow slower than usual due to aphids eating the younger leaves or where they are not easily seen
  2. Jon Rowland. Plant Specialist. Expert Interview. 7 September 2021.
  4. Jon Rowland. Plant Specialist. Expert Interview. 7 September 2021.

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This article was co-authored by Jon Rowland and by wikiHow staff writer, Hunter Rising. Jon Rowland is a Plant Specialist and the Founder of the Green House Center blog. With over eight years of plant and garden experience, he specializes in greenhouse care, lawn and garden maintenance, and home appliance recommendations. Jon aims to share his knowledge so that others can live a more convenient, efficient, and environmentally friendly lifestyle. This article has been viewed 116,360 times.
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Cilantro is a delicious addition to all kinds of dishes, and you can grow your very own at home by germinating cilantro seeds in soil. Choose a pot about 12 inches deep for your seeds so there’s plenty of room for the roots. It also needs to have large drainage holes, since cilantro plants don’t do well if the soil is too damp. When you plant the seeds, place them in rows 2 inches apart on the top of the soil. Then, cover them with a layer of soil and water them. To speed up the germination process, cover the pot with plastic wrap. Place it near a south-facing window so the seeds get plenty of sunlight, which will create a humid climate in the pot that encourages growth. After 7 to 10 days, you should see shoots beginning to grow. For tips on which potting soil is best for growing cilantro, read on!

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