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How do you care for a Culantro plant?

Last Updated: 1st March, 2020

Culantro grows best in an area with moist, well-drained soil; it is also moderately salt tolerant. Contrary to most herbs and vegetables, culantro does best in a shady area. Shade also aides in keeping your plant from bolting, that is, producing its cream-colored flowers and going to seed.

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Hereof, how do you plant culantro leaves?

Growing Culantro

  1. Sun: Prefers some shade.
  2. Does not tolerate frost.
  3. Prefers consistently moist, but very well-draining soil.
  4. Can be grown from seed, but I now find that cuttings are easier.
  5. Remove any flower buds that appear to keep the plant going longer and the leaves more palatable.
  6. To harvest: cut leaves individually as needed.

Secondly, what part of Culantro do you use? The leaves are the desired part of the culantro plant for cooking. Culantro makes an excellent addition to a variety of recipes. You can cook it into almost any dish that you would otherwise finish with cilantro, though using less culantro than cilantro is recommended when substituting.

Correspondingly, how do you grow Culantro indoors?

Start the seeds in CowPots or medium sized coir pots. Culantro is a biennial plant with a central taproot, so it does not transplant well. The strategy is to transplant its whole root system as needed. Start seeds indoors about eight weeks before the last frost date.

How long does it take for Culantro to grow?

20 to 25 days

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