Plant Care Coriander


4.3 out of 5 (22 experiences)

Coriander has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Coriander has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Coriander

Did you know coriander and cilantro are the same plant? The leaves (cilantro) are used in cooking for their fresh flavor and the seeds (coriander) are used as a spice. Some people with a certain smell-receptor gene (OR6A2) may think it tastes like soap 🧼. If you're one of these unlucky people, give their cousin, culantro a try!


Coriandrum sativum

Also known as

Cilantro and Chinese Parsley

How to care for Coriander


How often to water your Coriander

Water needs for Coriander
0.5 cups
every 9

Coriander needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Coriander

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Coriander in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Coriander: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Coriander love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Coriander does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Coriander in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Coriander

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Coriander: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Coriander after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Coriander can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Coriander



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Coriander has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 13
Coriander has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 7
Coriander has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 6
Coriander has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Coriander has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Coriander has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Coriander has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 2,213 XP

overwatering is impossible if you have it in the right lighting conditions!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 365 XP

Wonderful aroma! Can be planted with other herbs with drainage. Great indoor and outdoor addition.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 93 XP
globe Pittsburg, KS

Hard to keep happy

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 20 Plants
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globe League City, TX

Smells yummy! Love to have a plant that’s edible!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 158 XP

Really fun to watch grow and great to add in meals :D

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Liverpool, England

Good tasty herb

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 1 Plants
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This plant grows very quickly, and it’s so easy to take care of!

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globe Denver, CO

I wouldn’t recommend cilantro to beginners, unless those beginners want to be combating pests CONSTANTLY. This thing attracts aphids like no other and the small thin leaves make it especially difficult to tackle the pest problem.

Pest magnet Pest magnet

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