Growing Cilantro Microgreens
- Presoak: 4-8 hours
- Suitable Growth Medium: Soil
- Germ time: 7-10 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 sometimes 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. 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 or vermiculite (1/4 inch) and tamp very lightly. Cover in a humidity dome and mist as needed to keep the top layer of medium damp. Cilantro micro greens grow slowly. Cilantro seeds prefer cooler temperatures (under 70 degrees), especially during germination. Experiment with placing your germinating trays in much cooler areas.
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. 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. 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.