Varieties and types:
Coriander comes in a few varieties. Indian summer is a slow bolting type; Spicy Asian and Slow Bolt are others too look out for.
When, where and how to plant:
Coriander can be grown 12 months of the year. If you are germinating your own you will find it strikes best in the warmer months. It doesn’t transplant well so you need to sow or plant it where you want it to grow. Choose a sunny position in well worked fertile soil. Coriander happily grows in a pot; choose a pot at least 20cm in diameter and 20cm deep as they like a reasonable root zone. If growing in the garden add plenty of compost and blend in well.
Keep Coriander well watered throughout the warm months. Apply liquid fertilizer through summer months. If your plants dry out they will bolt and go to seed. Coriander isn’t bothered by any major pests and diseases. Aphids can be a problem with lush new leaves. Use a natural bug spray to control these. Pinch out the centre of the plant to encourage fresh new leaves.
Harvest by picking as leaves mature. Old leaves can become bitter. If you have too much ready at once trim the plant right back to encourage a fresh new set of leaves
How to use:
Use coriander as an herb or garnish in Asian, Indian and Mediterranean dishes. It makes a wonderful pesto and is a tasty addition to cheese balls and teenage