Leisure Cilantro (Split Seed)Highlights
- Germination: 3 to 6 days – presoaking shortens germination time but does not affect harvest date.
- Soak: Often recommended, but not necessary.
- Harvest: 21 to 28 days.
- Flavor: Cilantro
- Nutrients: High in Vitamins A, C, and especially K; Also high in calcium, iron, and phosphorus.
Leisure Cilantro (the seed is also called coriander) is a medium to deep green, celery-like, fragrant microgreen. Cilantro microgreens have a more intense flavor than mature cilantro.
Growing cilantro microgreens at home will save you money, and the cilantro will be much more flavorful than store-bought cilantro.
Cilantro is a popular flavoring in many types of cuisine throughout the world, including seasoning and garnishes for Chinese, Vietnamese, and Mexican dishes.
Whole cilantro seeds actually contain two seeds. These seeds are called “split” because the whole seed has been broken down into two halves.
We believe the split seed is easier to grow and most people get better results using split seeds.
The seeds do take time to germinate and mature but are well worth it. When harvested at the first true leaf (as opposed to the cotyledon) stage, it may take over 20 days to reach maturity.
Germination of cilantro microgreens is erratic, with some emerging after a week, while other seeds take longer, so be patient. Home Microgreens has several articles on growing cilantro microgreens and we recommend you read those articles to see how best to grow cilantro.
Many growers soak the seeds for 6- to 12 hours before sowing but read this article to see that it doesn’t shorten the time to harvest.
Instead of adding weight to the top of the seed, cover with a blacked-out humidity dome and mist once a day. Cilantro seeds prefer cooler temperatures (under 70 degrees) during germination. So a seed heat mat isn’t necessary — experiment with placing your germinating trays in much cooler areas of the house.
Often, the seed hull or husk remains on the growing plant. Though a bit crunchy, the hull is edible and actually adds flavor to the microgreens.
- Home Microgreens Tray is 3.5-grams. The HM Tray area is 37.5 square inches.
- 5- by 5-inch Tray is 2.3-grams
- 10- by 10-inch Tray is 9.3-grams
- 1-ounce package, an ounce is 28.35-grams. Lowest price on the internet, $4.99!
How Much Seed Do You Need For Your Tray?
If you use Home Microgreen planting trays, there is no need to worry. Each seed packet has the correct number of seeds for the provided tray.
However, if you’re using a difference planting tray, use the calculators in this post to figure out how many packets or grams of seeds you need.
Click This Link to use Calculators: Planting Tray and Seed Calculators