Cilantro is a seasoning that can make a great addition to almost any meal you cook. You can usually purchase dried cilantro leaves at the grocery store, but for a truly delicious experience, try growing your own cilantro. You must take meticulous care of your cilantro seeds during the germination process to ensure a healthy plant, though. Germination is the time when a seed emerges from its dormant state and sprouts into a plant. Without the proper preparation during this crucial time, your cilantro plant may die before it has a chance to thrive.
Things You'll Need
- Egg cartons
- Starter mix
- Spray bottle
Crack off the top half of an eggshell. Set the egg yolks aside for food, but preserve the bottom half of the eggshell. Use a needle to poke very small drainage holes into the bottom of the eggshell, and thoroughly rinse it. You do not want any remnants of the egg yolk or egg white to remain. Set the eggshell halves back into the eggshell carton and let them dry.
Fill the eggshell almost halfway to the brim with starter mix soil. Starter mix soil is a special formula of soil meant to promote the growth of seeds while they germinate. Gently tap your fingers on the soil, packing it into the eggshell.
Dig a small hole (about half an inch deep) into the soil using a toothpick. Place your cilantro seed into the hole and cover it with excess soil.
Set your eggshell pot in a sunny location. Cilantro needs plenty of light to thrive. Ensure your cilantro gets at least six hours of direct sunlight throughout the course of the day.
Water the soil using the mist feature on a spray bottle. Anything stronger than a gentle mist of water will uncover the seed. Continue to water the seed regularly, using this method, until it sprouts.
Tips & Warnings
- Cilantro grows quickly; it is usually ready to harvest anywhere from 40 to 50 days after planting.
- The germination process will take very little time, so be ready to transplant your cilantro seedling into a pot or directly into the ground when it reaches three inches in height. Crush the eggshell and set it directly into the new soil. The eggshell will soon become nutrients for the seedling.
- Seeds need about one inch of water every week when they become larger.
- Never let your soil dry out during the germination.
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