Coriander has been used as an aphrodisiac and as a remedy against high cholesterol. A companion plant for cannabis, it scares red spiders and aphids while attracting bees.
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is a powerful herb with many health benefits, culinary applications and plant companion functions. It is rich in nutrients, minerals and dietary fibre. Many Asian dishes would not be the same without a handful of freshly chopped coriander leaves. The seeds are crushed to give a tonic for stomach aches, they can reduce fever and cholesterol levels. Over-consumption of crushed seeds can cause a narcotic effect. They were also used in Renaissance love potions for their aphrodisiac qualities.
Coriander is a versatile plant to have in your garden. Repellent in the first line, it repels aphids, potato beetles and dreaded red spiders. A cooled infusion of crushed seeds can be used as a direct spray to control red spiders if they penetrate your tusks.
By adding its scent to your garden’s fragrance mix, it helps attract tachinid flies, bombyles and a variety of parasitoid wasps that eat bad insects or their larvae. Undemanding and easy to grow, coriander is a super companion plant.
Sow directly in the final pots of the crop, do not transplant because disturbing the roots causes early fixation. Anything that stresses them leads them to settle (which means that the plant gives flowers and seeds prematurely).
Latin name: Coriandrum sativum
Type: Annual, herbaceous.
Height: 45-60 cm
Harvest: Leaves: 60 to 75 days after sowing. Seeds: 100 days or more
Climate: Sunny site that will allow self-sowing.
PH: Prefers between 6.5 and 7.5. Can grow between 6.1 and 7.8.
Substrate: Deep and fertile. Can be heavy or light, as long as it drains well.
Germination: 14 – 21 days / 18 – 21,5°C
Spacing: 22-30 cm apart
Seeds per gram: 110 and 150
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