Coriander is used in many different dishes in Malaysia. Although it is a popular tropical herb, many still hesitate when it comes to growing it in their vegetable garden or indoors as it’s commonly perceived as ‘hard’ to grow. The good news is that this is not true!
Growing Coriander indoors can be done with a little more care. It is not a good idea to transplant coriander from your vegetable garden to grow them indoors. In fact, the best way is to start with seeds.
Keep reading to learn how you can grow Coriander indoors from seeds.
How to Grow Coriander
Coriander is a tropical herb that grows better in warm, hot weather. The best time to grow coriander in Malaysia is during the dry season from June to August.
When you are growing coriander inside, it is better to use a terra cotta container. This container allows moisture and air to pass through the roots. The soil must be moisture so the container can have enough drainage holes in the bottom.
You have to consider that growing topical herbs such as Coriander indoors, more nutrition is needed to be compared with growth in your vegetable garden. The soil must be a mixture of potting soil and sand. It is important to allow water to move freely. To add more nutrients, you can use a fertilizer twice a week during the active growing periods.
When you grow coriander inside, you have to make sure the soil is moist, and this could mean frequent watering. Bear in mind that you only need to water when the soil is dry to the touch. Of course, watering should become more often during extremely hot weather. You know the herb has enough water when water comes out of the drainage holes.
Moreover, you should place coriander in a place that has at least four to five hours of sunlight per day. If you are growing the herb inside, you can also use growing light.
As with all delicate plants, it is important to harvest it with care. Bear in mind that indoor herbs will reach out for the light and can become tall and thin.
If you want a bushier plant, you can pinch them at the growing tips. Growing your coriander inside will make it less abundant compared to growing it in your vegetable garden.
Vegetable Garden Care and Maintenance Tips
- The easiest way to buy herbs in Malaysia is online. Don’t forget to read the instructions on the packaging before you plant them.
- To allow your coriander seeds germinate, it is a good idea to soak them in water for 24 to 48 hours before you plant them. Remove from the water and don’t forget to let them dry.
- You can start indoors and then transplant the coriander to your vegetable garden. Remember to do it carefully because coriander doesn’t like to be moved.
- Once the coriander has grown about 5 centimetres tall, thin the plant so that they are 7 to centimetres apart.
- If you are going to transplant coriander plant outside, you have to dig holes 7 to 10 centimetres apart and once it’s done, don’t forget to water them thoroughly.
- Coriander is a short-lived herb so it is a good idea to plant new seeds every six weeks to always have enough supply.
- Remember coriander seeds like warm soil.
- Don’t use too much fertilizer because if you do, the plant can dilute the flavour of the seeds and leaves.
- If flowers develop, remove them immediately.
- Make sure the soil never dries out.
- You can use both the stem and the stalk.
As you can see, coriander is one of the easiest tropical herbs to grow in Malaysia. All they need is care and attention, four to six hours of sun exposure, a rich moist soil, and gentle harvesting. If you do these, you will have a flavour and aromatic herb to add to your dishes all year long.
Coriander is a versatile herb as you can use both the leaves and the seeds. The leaves, which are also known as cilantro, are a little bit bitter and can be added to dishes or used as a garnish. The seeds have a gentle lemon flavour.