Coriander (Dhaniya) is one of the easiest herbs to grow in pots and the people who are new to gardening should start with Coriander to boost their confidence.
Coriander is used in day to day life in Indian kitchens to add flavor to the curry and these days a lot of dishes are made with primarily dhania.
It has always been there to be used as a dressing for Salad in India
And boy…does it add colors to it?
Let me share a small story with you:
Lately, there was some construction work going on near our house and a lot of soil was dug out and left in open.
So, just for fun I filled a old tub with that soil only and sow coriander in it. I never expected that it will show any life but to my surprise within 3 days stems came out which made me realize it is damn easy to grow dhaniya (coriander) in pots.
Even if you are absolute beginner you can’t go wrong with this.
Although I wouldn’t suggest the way I grew it and would have never grown it this way if I were not in fun mode that day so let’s learn the right way to grow it.
How to Grow Coriander in Pots in India – The Complete Process
In order to grow coriander in container (pot or grow bags) you need to sow its seed directly in the container and keep the soil evenly moist by watering it.
Coriander loves sun, so give it ample amount of sunlight but keep it under shade if the temperatures goes wild (like in the summer’s afternoon) within 3-4 weeks it will be ready to get harvested.
This was just a brief overview and now let’s see the complete process.
Get Coriander Seeds
You can get coriander seeds from local store or you might already have it in your house.
So, the first thing you will want to do is split the coriander seeds into half by gently pressing it.
Remember to be gentle & not get carried away and crush it in the process you just need to split it into half.
This will help in faster germination of seeds.
Now the best part about growing coriander is that you can sow it directly in the pot where you want to grow.
What do I mean by that is?
You don’t need a different container for germination and then transplant it to the bigger container. Only one container will do.
Sowing of Seeds:
When you are sowing your seeds then make sure to not overcrowd them as they will start to fight for nutrition.
Keep at least a gap of 5-6 inches between them and sow it 0.5 to 1 inch deep into the potting mix (soil).
Container to use:
You can use any type of container be it a pot, grow bags or even old tubs or buckets.
The bigger the container the more seeds you can accommodate so it basically depends on the amount of Coriander you need to grow.
Ideally a “wide but not so deep” container is good for coriander as its root doesn’t go that deep.
Make sure to have drainage hole at the bottom for drainage of excess water.
Growing Medium or Soil:
Potting soil with enough amount of nutrition will be good.
Coriander is not a heavy feeder but loves sun so use of coco peat will ensure that the medium remains moist for a good amount of time. You can also add cow dung for organic nutrition.
A good potting soil mix for coriander looks like:
Equal part of garden soil, coco peat and handful of vermicompost (fertilizer) will do the work.
Now you have everything and know all the process:
So just sow your seeds into the soil mix and add a thin layer of coco peat above them and water it thoroughly.
Then, keep it under partial sunlight. Within a few days it will start to germinate and should be transferred to a sunny spot.
Once it starts to get big, keep providing it with nitrogen rich fertilizer to get more green and nutrient rich coriander.
Keep watering it whenever it gets dry and make sure to keep the soil moist. You can insert your finger inside the soil for at least 3-4 inches deep to see if it has got properly watered.
When and how to harvest Coriander?
Ideal time to harvest coriander is when it grows 5-6 inches in height this is the time when it will have the best taste.
And while harvesting make sure to not pluck it from the soil this will dislodge all the nearby plants as well.
Use sharp scissors for harvesting and cut it a little above the ground.
Pest Control for Coriander:
How to protect your coriander plant from pests.
Use neem oil mixed with a few drops of shampoo and water or as instructed on it.
Pesticides should be sprayed with a gap of 20 days at least.
Over to You:
Share your coriander story in the comment section and problems you faced while growing it and how did you overcome it to help others as well.