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Coriander Seeds - How Many is Thinly ?

NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

I have a packet of coriander seeds containing 300 seeds and it says quite vaguely

" Sow thinly , cover lightly with compost "

? What size pot

? How many seeds in each

? Do I really need compost

Hope you can assist friends

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    Ah, NewBoy. If only I could work that out.

    I'm the world's worst judge and always sow too thicklyimage

    But I'd say yes to compost, soil always has weeds even if it's good soil

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Maybe three or four in a three-inch pot of multi-purpose compost ?  Or start with John Innes No.1 and pot on to No.2.   If they all germinate, thin to one or two. 

    This time of year they'd do better with some protection (cold frame/greenhouse/bright windowsill) but if you sow some in the spring/early summer they can go directly in the soil outside.  You'll then have them for ever as they will self-seed.  Unless you live somewhere really cold.

    Outside in the spring, you can treat them like parsley, only they germinate more easily.  Either make shallow (1/4") drills and sow maybe 2" apart or station sow two or three together at 6" intervals. if you want more than one row, I'd put them 6 - 10" apart, but then I always sow too closely as well.  In any case they'll need thinning to one every 6 - 10" along the row.

    Lovely smell when you brush past them! 

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,908

    You can grow some as pot plants for the winter too.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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