Leisure Cilantro Highlights
- Germination: 3 to 6 days – presoaking shortens germination time but has no effect on 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 your own cilantro microgreens will save you money, and the cilantro you raise 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.
These seeds take time to germinate and mature but are well worth it. When harvested at the first true leaf (as opposed to 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. Sow on a bed of lightly compacted soil and cover with a thin layer of soil and tamp lightly.
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.
Seed husks can be a pain to remove from the microgreens. We are working on a better method to have microgreens shed husks during growth.
- 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. Cheapest 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