Growing Cilantro Microgreens
- Presoak: 4-5 hours
- Suitable Growth Medium: Soil
- Germ time: 2-3 Days
- Harvest time: 21-28 Days
- Color:A long green stem with a very leafy top
- Flavor: Full cilantro flavor
- Texture: Crisp and fresh
- Nutrients: Vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and phosphorus
Cilantro (also commonly called coriander) is very difficult to grow hydroponically. We recommend growing micro cilantro in soil. Germination of cliantro microgreens is erratic with some emerging at about a week, and some seeds taking longer, so be patient with them. Sow quite thickly ( on a bed of lightly compacted soil (about 1 cup of seed for a 21" x 11" tray. Cover with a thin layer of soil (1/4 inch) and tamp very lightly. Cover in a humidity / black out dome and mist twice a day to keep the top layer of soil nice and damp. Cilantro micro greens grow slowly. You might experiment with a short soak, of just a few hours in cold water, but generally we have better germination rates with seeds not soaked. Cilantro seeds prefer cooler temperatures (under 70 degrees), especially during germination. If your temperature gets above 70, you will likely see a poor germination rate. Experiment with placing your germinating trays in much cooler areas.
Cilantro microgreens have flavor more intense than adult cilantro. Growing your own micro cilantro saves money and is much fresher than grocery store cilantro. Use in salsa, indian recipes or any recipe that calls for cilantro.