A common question that many people want to know is, “Can you plant coriander inside?” The short answer is, “Yes.” However, the question should really be, “How much do you want to grow?” This herb grows quite tall and is fairly hardy. With a little more care, it can even grow indoors as long as it is well cared for. Just as all herbs make good neighbors and support healthy outdoor growth for each other, you should also grow coriander herb within a larger planter with ample rest of all the other herbs.
Another tip for growing coriander indoors is to ensure good drainage. This herb needs plenty of drainage holes in the soil to assist in germination. You can purchase coriander seeds that are sown into the garden and then the plants go into a raised bed to have drainage holes dug in the bottom to allow the seeds to drain. When the seeds germinate, they will form a root system down the drainage holes.
Coriander is not an herb that you need to worry about losing its leaves during hot weather. It grows pretty large and with continuous watering it will keep its leaves and stems intact. If you want to use your herb garden in the winter months, you can move it outside to a sheltered location during the cold months. Do not move it in the summer when it begins to dry out and you might find your herb bush withered up and dies. Keep it in the garden for an extended period during the hot months and in the winter months, move it indoors.
Once you have established that the herb is doing well, you can begin planting seeds. Most people buy seeds from the local gardening supply store when they plant their vegetable garden. The seeds for your herb should be sowed into the garden about a foot below the top of your soil layer. The seed packages will specify the correct planting depth. If you plant your seeds too deep you risk killing the seeds by digging too deeply.
To help ensure your herb growing success, it’s important that you have the best soil possible. Your planting area should be flat with good drainage and you’ll want to add compost to the surface to help it retain moisture. Try to place your planting area in an area where there is plenty of sunlight available. In the fall, after your plants have produced healthy new shoots, you can dig them up and harvest your crop of herbs.
Another benefit of growing herbs indoors is that you can control the pest and fungus that invade your herb garden. To do this, you will want to make sure that you dedicate a small window or section of your home to your herb garden. This will allow you to keep the pest out, but it will also keep any damage from occurring. This includes such pests as carpenter ants and subterranean ants. While these creatures may not threaten your health, over-harvesting your seeds can destroy your vegetable garden.
A third benefit of growing herbs indoors comes from the ability to have a consistent temperature. In most areas, you won’t have an option for controlling the temperature. Coriander seeds need to reach warm temperatures in order to germinate, so you should purchase seeds that are recommended for warm weather gardening. You should also have your pots and planters set up for their specific time of year in order to ensure proper drainage.
Growing coriander in your kitchen garden is a great way to get the fresh leaves you need for cooking throughout the week. Keep in mind that you don’t always need to harvest your crop. In fact, some people use their seeds to plant more than just one herb, such as tarragon and chives. Your indoor herb garden can quickly grow to become a productive landscape project if you follow these few simple steps.