How to Plant Cilantro in a Pot


Cilantro is one of the most flavorful herbs available and goes well with a variety of ethnic foods. You can use it in salsa, curry, pico de gallo and even on sandwiches. It grows well in a container, allowing you to have fresh cilantro whenever you want it. Cilantro does very well indoors, as long as it gets lots of light.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Cilantro seeds
  • Potting soil
  • Select the type of pot you want to use. Because cilantro has a large tap root, the pot should be large enough to support it. Make sure that you get a pot that is about 8 to 10 inches deep so that the cilantro's roots will be able to reach their maximum depth without getting damaged. Also, as your cilantro matures, it can grow to be roughly 8 to 12 inches wide, so make sure you plan accordingly to meet its needs.

  • Choose a fast-draining soil. Choosing the correct type of soil will help to ensure that your cilantro gets the proper nutrients right from the start. Make sure it has some organic granular fertilizer, which helps the seed mature quickly and healthily.

  • Plant your cilantro from a seed. Cilantro plants are very easily damaged, especially when you are trying to replant them. When you attempt to repot an already mature cilantro plant, it will more than likely go straight to seed and die. Bury your seed in a shallow hole and cover it with 1/2 inch of potting soil, then water. Each seed grows one cilantro plant.

  • Place your cilantro plant in direct sunlight. Placing it outside or in a very sunny window will work best. Your cilantro should germinate in about two weeks, providing that the soil stays around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. As your cilantro begins to mature, it will grow a lot of foliage, so make sure that it gets plenty of water.

Tips & Warnings

  • When your cilantro becomes mature, you can use the seeds, also called coriander, in addition to the leaves. When the seeds are dry, they make a tasty spice.

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