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Growing Coriander in The ACT

Introducing Coriander

Grown for their leaves and seeds, these annual herbs are a multipurpose addition to the veggie garden. Time them right, and they’ll be easy to grow and ready to harvest in no time.

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Coriander will bolt in the heat of summer. So, if you’re growing it for its leaves, then you need to plant it in autumn and early spring. This way it’ll be ready to harvest before the heat of the ACT summer is at its worst.


Grow in: Partial Shade - Full Sun

Soil Preparation

Work in some compost and well-rotted manure. Coriander likes a rich, moist soil.

Sowing Seed

Sow seed: October-March
Sowing depth: Twice the height of the seed.

For a leaf crop, plant coriander in autumn and early spring. If it’s the seeds you’re after, then plant in spring and summer.


Plant seedlings: October-April

For a leaf crop, plant coriander in autumn and early spring. If it’s the seeds you’re after, then plant in late spring and summer.

Coriander grows much better from seed, because it doesn’t like to have its roots disturbed. If you decide to plant seedlings, be careful not to disturb their roots too much when you plant them out.


Pick off seeds if they start to develop, to encourage more leaf growth.


Coriander plants need to be kept moist when first planted. Once the plants are established, don’t keep the soil too damp. They need regular watering, but don’t like to sit in wet soil. If you’re growing them over winter, make sure to plant them in well-draining soil.


Feed with a balanced organic fertilizer, compost tea, or a fish-emulsion every 4 weeks.


Mulch coriander well to keep moisture in the soil and protect it from the worst cold in winter and the sweltering heat in summer. An organic mulch like straw, shredded leaves or coconut husk will work well.


Harvest: 4 to 6 Weeks After Planting

Harvest leaves from the outside of the plant first. Use scissors, or your fingers to pick or cut the leaves away. Always be sure to leave enough leaves growing on the plant, so that your plant will remain strong and healthy.

The seeds can be harvested once they start to turn brown.

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