Cilantro reaches 30 to 60 cm high and has finely cut leaves that resemble flat parsley. It has a penetrating odor and flavor.
Cilantrois most often grown for its foliage and not for its seeds. Cilantro prefers a sunny place and an average, well-drained garden floor. Cilantro is easy to grow from seeds that are sown directly in the garden. It is difficult to transplant because of its pivoting root. The useful life of its garden is very short because it tends to rise in seeds. It is best to make successive seedlings every 3-4 weeks to ensure a continuous supply of fresh leaves. Cilantro also self-streaked.
Whole plants of individual leaves can be cut when they reach about 15 cm in height. If you grow cilantro for the seeds, let the heads turn brown and cut the whole plant. Place the plants in a paper bag and keep them in a cool, dry place. Shake the bag to dislodge the seeds. Rolling the pods in your hand will free the seeds that can be stored in closed containers. The dry leaves, wrapped in plastic, will keep a week in the refrigerator.