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B3B3 Posts: 21,464
My coriander seeds left outside in a small pot have germinated.
Advice seems to be, thin out to 6 inches. However, the ones I get from the supermarket seem to have more than one plant in the pot.
Is it practical to put a small clump into each pot when I pot them in or must I pot them individually?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,187
    I always group mine together with 3 or 4 in largish (6" maybe) pots. And when I buy supermarket ones and split them then I also end up with several plants in a pot.
  • I don't have experience with coriander but with both basil and oregano in previous years I've sprinkled a few seeds in a terracotta pot and then only thinned out a few that really are too close - this has resulted in quite nice bushy and full pots, so definitely more than one plant in each. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,464
    Thanks @Singing Gardener. That's what I'll do.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • borismrdjaborismrdja Belgrade, Serbia (44°49′N 20°28′E)Posts: 35
    do you want leaves or seeds?
    for seed production it is better to have strong individual plants 
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,464
    No . Just leaves @borismrdja😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • EustaceEustace OxfordPosts: 799
    I do not split or repot coriander. They seem to follow the principle of 'strength in numbers'. To prevent them all slanting down, I water the pot from the bottom.
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,623
    @eustace When you say slanting down, do you mean the foliage wilts if you water it from above?  I'll be planting ours in the ground, should I always water at the base?
  • EustaceEustace OxfordPosts: 799
    edited May 2021
    The coriander stems are usually quite flimsy and all of them sort of go over on one side when I try to water from above, so I grow them in a terracotta pot which I dip in a larger bowl, like the washing bowl, for watering. I haven't been able to grow them in the ground in spite of repeated attempts. I think the soil has to be quite warm for the seeds to germinate. Also tried splitting and planting the SM ones with very little success.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,464
    Well I'm going to try clumps and see what happens. I'm happy enough to produce what I pay for in the supermarket.
    I have loads of spare seeds that will  germinate outside with no protection 
    If it doesn't work , I'll try the cossetting option.
    By the by , my used supermarket parsleys are looking really good. I always  put them outside to live or die and they usually choose the first option. They're an awful lot cheaper than the GC options too. Even the ones put in the ground are growing.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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