PunkRotten wrote:I wanted to try cilantro but didn't think it was worth the effort. How long does it take get a useable size head of cilantro? I usually use a whole head at once.
It only takes a month to get Cilantro that can be eaten. Every year I always let 1 or 2 plants go to seed. I cut the branches and put them in a 5 gallon bucket to collect most of the seeds. I do the same thing with Basil. This gives me several 1000 seeds to plant. I sprinkle several seeds on the ground and poke them in the soil with a pencil that has not been sharpened yet. Water them every day and they will be up in 1 week in this hot weather. In another 3 weeks the plants are starting to get pretty large so I pick the plants one by one for mexican food. Then I sprinkle about 20 more seeds around the existing Cilantro plants and poke them in the soil with a pencil and in a few weeks I have more Cilantro ready to eat. I leave a few plants unpicked so they can go to seed in the fall. If I plant 30 seeds around each of those 10 plants I have a lot of Cilantro to eat. Anything I don't eat gets dried and put in the spice rack.
I potted several plants this year using soil from my herb garden. It is funny I have Cilantro and Basil coming up in all the potted plants.