Plant Care Coriander


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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

💦 Water

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Benefits of Growing Coriander →

Common Coriander Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Coriander prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Coriander Water Frequency →

Coriander Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Coriander requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Coriander Light Requirements →

Coriander Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Coriander is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Coriander Toxicity to Cats →

Coriander Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Coriander doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Coriander Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Coriander does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Coriander →

When and How to Successfully Repot Coriander →

💩 Fertilizer

Coriander is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Coriander →

🌎 Native Region

Coriander is native to eastern Mediterranean.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Coriander bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Coriander grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Coriander →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Coriander can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Coriander Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Coriander can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Coriander →

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Coriander, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

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
@nneka avatar
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 2,460 XP

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Victorious avatar
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
Carli avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 93 XP
globe Pittsburg, KS

Hard to keep happy

Browns easily Browns easily
@VikkiB avatar
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
@SagesBabyJewels avatar
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
@MidnightSquid avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Liverpool, England

Good tasty herb

Browns easily Browns easily
@lavendersween avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 286 XP

This plant grows very quickly, and it’s so easy to take care of!

@Lunarlea avatar
leaf-1 42 Plants
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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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