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Growing cilantro in hydroponics

Like many herbs, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is native to the Mediterranean area but has been spread wide across the world. Today, the herb is prominent especially in Asian and South American cooking.

Cilantro is notorious for a polarized fan/enemy base. Most people will experience either a cool, fresh taste or an unpleasant soap taste. If you’re in the first group, cilantro is a lovely addition to dishes both as a garnish and a main ingredient. If you’re looking for an experimental recipe, one of the easiest ways to try cilantro is as part of a salsa or as a topping on a curry.

Cilantro and its seed – coriander – have been used medicinally by cultures across the world for millennia.  

A member of the family Apiaceae, cilantro shares traits with parsley, carrots, and dill. Like those crops, cilantro bolts a slender flower stalk with flat flowers, and self-seeds easily in horizontal growing.

While cilantro is an easy crop for soil gardeners, indoor and hydroponic growers may not get the highest space use efficiency from this crop. A longer turn and limited yield means that cilantro growers can see opportunity costs from growing something more productive. On the other hand, this herb is low-maintenance. If growers are sure that they can get good pricing (do your in-person market research!), cilantro can still be a good crop.

Since it’s small-statured, cilantro can be grown in almost any hydroponic system, so long as pH and EC ranges are appropriate.

Read more at Upstart University

Publication date: 8/28/2017

 


 

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