How often to water cilantro

Cilantro is a very popular plant among gardeners.  It is very rewarding to grow and consume your own cilantro.  However, it is important to water your cilantro sufficiently in order to get the best results.

Generally speaking, you will want to keep the soil of your cilantro plant pretty moist.  That being said, you should plan on watering your cilantro 2-3 times per week.  This will vary depending on factors such as the amount of sunlight, time of year, type of soil, and size of the pot.

Watering cilantro seedlings

Cilantro seedlings
Cilantro seedlings

It is important for seedlings to be extra wet so they can begin to develop their root system.  That being said, you will want to water your cilantro seedlings once per day.  The goal is to keep the soil moist, but not completely soaked.  Cilantro seedlings can drown if kept too wet, so you want to water them frequently but without using too much water.  Once they begin to grow, you can begin to use more water and water less frequently.

Watering cilantro outdoors

Cilantro plants will require more water when outdoors.  The hotter temperatures can cause the soil to dry out more quickly, especially if in a dry climate.  However, you also have to pay attention to the rain schedule.  There is no need to water your outdoor cilantro if it has recently rained.  It is best to feel your soil to get an idea of how dry it is before you water your cilantro.

How to tell if you overwatered cilantro

You can tell if your cilantro has been overwatered by feeling the leaves.  If your cilantro’s leaves feel soft and limp, chances are it has been overwatered.  When you water too much, the roots cannot breathe and carry water up the plant.  This leads to soft and deprived leaves.  To avoid this from happening, make sure your pots have good drainage since cilantro plants have deep roots.

How to tell if cilantro needs more water

The best way to tell if your cilantro needs more water is by feeling the dryness of the soil.  If the soil feels really hard and dry, you should give your cilantro plant more water.  You can also tell if your cilantro is underwatered by looking at the leaves.  If the leaves begin to turn yellow and dry out, it is a good indicator that you need to water your plant more frequently.

About Cilantro

Cilantro is also known as coriander and Chinese parsley.  It is a popular plant among gardeners because all of its parts are edible, including the leaves and the stems.  It is native to Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and Southwestern Asia.  However, it is commonly found as a garden plant around the world and inside many homes.

Cilantro’s leaves are an ingredient in many foods and a very popular garnish.  Cilantro seeds are also commonly used as a spice.  Since it is so commonly used in cooking, it is a very common plant for backyard gardeners looking to grow their own food.

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