Cilantro - Slow Bolt - Microgreens Seeds
- Latin Name: Coriandrum sativum
- Other Name(s): Coriander, dhania
- Presoak: 4-8 hours in cold water
- Preferred Growing Medium: Soil (difficult to grow hydroponically)
- Seeding Rate per 10"x 20" tray: 1 oz
- Blackout Time: 6-7 days
- Germination Time: 7-10 days
- Estimated time to Harvest: 21-28 days
- Microgreen Color: green
- Microgreen Flavor: full cilantro flavor
- Microgreen Texture: crisp, fresh
- Nutrients: Vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, dietary fiber and magnesium
Cilantro (also called coriander) is very difficult to grow hydroponically. We recommend growing micro cilantro in soil. Germination of cilantro microgreens is erratic with some emerging at about a week, and some seeds taking longer, so be patient with them.
The seed itself is actually the dried ripe fruit of the plant, called a shizocarp. A schizocarp is a dry fruit that splits into single-seeded parts when ripe. Splitting or cracking can help with germination by releasing the seed.
Here’s how: Place seed in a zip-lock bag and roll over it with a rolling pin to release the individual seeds, rinse in a fine mesh strainer and soak overnight for even germination.
Sow quite thickly on a bed of lightly compacted soil. Cover with a thin layer of soil or vermiculite (1/4 inch) and tamp very lightly. Cover in a humidity dome and mist as needed to keep the top layer medium damp. Cilantro micro greens grow slowly and prefer cooler temperatures (under 70 degrees), especially during germination. Experiment with placing your germinating trays in much cooler areas.
For more detailed instructions on growing, as well as some troubleshooting and tips, please visit our Soil Growing Directions page
Some of the amazing health benefits of cilantro are:
- Eliminates heavy metals from the body
- Powerful antioxidant that reduces free radicals, which aids in cancer prevention
- Reduces anxiety and improves sleep
Seeds per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 2,000 seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 8,000 seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 32,000 seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 160,000 seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 800,000 seeds