How to Grow Cilantro Indoors – Top Tips Direct From Growers!

Wondering how nice it would be to have your own never-ending supply of cilantro?

Do you want to start growing your own food? Are you looking for an easy plant to get started? Can you only grow plants indoors due to space?

Many people want to grow their own food, but don’t have the outdoor space to do it. Indoor growing can be rewarding and fun. It also is easy to achieve.

Cilantro is an easy plant to start with on your food-growing journey.

So, welcome to your cilantro planting guide! Below are some steps on how to grow cilantro indoors, on how to care for cilantro and on planting cilantro. Below are some cilantro growing tips as well. 

Caring for Cilantro and Some Tips

Before you get started, you may want some information of what goes into caring for a cilantro plant and some tips that can make an impact to your plant.

How to Care for Cilantro

Below are some things to know  are things to know and look out for when caring for a cilantro plant.

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How Many Days Does Cilantro Take To Grow?

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After 7-10 days the roots will take place and start to sprout if you’re growing from cuttings. After planting, in 3-4 weeks there will be leaves to eat.

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How to Trim a Cilantro Plant?

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Harvesting a cilantro plant is simply the act of trimming its leaves. Please see step 5 below on how to keep the plant trimmed by harvesting it.

If the plant is getting too “bushy” for your liking, you can pull up some of them by the roots to thin out the population.

Does cilantro regrow after cutting?

Yes, as long as you cut the top of the plant and leave leaves behind then the plant will continue to grow. If you cut down by the soil, then it may not grow back.

Cilantro Growing Tips

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Growing Cilantro Indoors Hydroponically

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Growing plants hydroponically takes a much different approach than was shown above. If you want directions on growing cilantro this way, check out this article.

And if you want to get fish involved, aquaponics may be the method for you. There are many benefits, and it’s easy to set up in a small space.

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Keeping a Cilantro Plant Alive
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Keeping cilantro alive is easy if you follow the above instructions. Other things to look out for are pests and sickness that cilantro plants can catch.

Pests suck. They can invade your house and eat your leaves before you get to.

Luckily, growing cilantro indoors limits pests, but you may still get a case of fungus gnats. To solve this problem, make sure to not over water the soil and look into getting yellow sticky traps.

Then there’s the powdery mildew you need to watch out for. If the leaves start to look white, you have a sick plant on your hands.

To prevent this, make sure that the plants are spread out enough to get good air circulation.

To treat it, remove affected parts of the plant immediately and wash the scissors or shears thoroughly. 

You may have to battle this disease for a week as the life cycle dies out. So, keep removing affected leaves.

Warning: Do not use any fungicide sprays. Since you will be consuming the leaves, it is not ideal to be subjecting yourself to chemicals.

What You'll Need to Grow Cilantro Indoors 

What You Need

  • Cilantro seeds, cilantro cuttings or cilantro starting plants (see which one to choose below in step 1)
  • A flower pot or container
  • Soil
  • An area with plenty of sunlight or a grow light
  • Scissors or shears for harvesting

The container should be at least 12 inches deep so the roots can stretch down. Make sure this container has plenty of holes for drainage.

A grow light can come in handy when you are in a milder climate or if your windows don’t get sunlight at all.

The video below shows the benefits of grow lights. You can get an expensive one or just a basic one for cilantro.

6 Steps to Growing Cilantro Indoors

Here are six easy steps to grow cilantro indoors:

Step #1: Choose a Starting Method

You have three options in starting the growth process: cuttings, seeds and starter plants. Learn about each and choose below.

How to Grow Cilantro from Cuttings

If you have leftover cilantro from that yummy, Mexican dish last night, now is the perfect time to get started growing cilantro.

You can take the stems and place them in a glass of water until they start growing roots. Once the roots are a couple inches long, it’s time to plant!

How to Grow Cilantro from Seeds

Another way to get started is to start from seeds. You can directly plant seeds without needing to do anything else.

Cilantro seed benefits include easy planting, fast growth, no transferring and no need to leave them in water to wait for roots to show up.

You can get seeds from your local shop or buy them online. Click here for cilantro seeds from Walmart, and here for seeds from Home Depot.

Cilantro seeds use the name “coriander seeds” sometimes. So, if you’re having a hard time finding cilantro seeds, ask for coriander.

But make sure it’s not in the cooking aisle because the seasoning has been treated and will no longer be able to grow plants.

Cilantro Starter Plants

Starter plants are pre-planted seeds that have grown enough to be easily planted. This helps gardeners save time by not having to germinate and sprout seeds.

Starter plants seem great because all the beginning work is done for you, but this method is stressful to the cilantro plant.

Cilantro hates being transferred from one container to the next.

So, if you want to do this method, you should consider leaving the plants in the starting container. Otherwise, you may get dead plants. Just sayin’!

Step #2: Planting Cilantro

To plant cilantro, you're going to need the container and the soil. Any soil will do, but dark, rich soil is recommended.

Whatever you do, do not just go outside and get dirt from the ground.

It can be contaminated with bugs and weeds that kill your cilantro and cause a pest problem in your house. Yuck!

Fill the container until it's a couple inches below the rim. Plant the seeds ¼-inch into the soil and 6 inches apart from each other.

PRO TIP: Plant in spring to take advantage of temperatures that are not too hot. Then you can plant again in fall before the freezing winter sets in.

Step #3: Providing Light

If you are growing them from seeds, the cilantro germination temperature is around 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit or 13-24 degrees Celsius. Keep them around this temp until they sprout.

At this point, the cilantro growing temperature is under 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius, and can tolerate temperatures just above freezing. This is ideal if you’re using a window or a grow light.

Cilantro doesn’t like direct sunlight.

Aim for early-afternoon and morning sunlight if your windows get direct sunlight. Cilantro needs 6 hours of indirect sunlight each day.

PRO TIP: If using a grow light, then you can grow cilantro all year long since you don’t have to rely on the sun.

Step #4: Watering the Plant

Give the cilantro enough water for the soil to be moist. Cilantro plants do not like a lot of water.

Too much water causes root rot which is as gross as it sounds. You don’t want that!

Step #5: Harvesting Cilantro

Once the cilantro starts to grow a bud, cut that thing off quickly unless you want coriander seeds and coriander-tasting leaves! Cutting the bud also makes them grow more leaves and become fuller in appearance.

To harvest, take scissors or shears and cut the top third of the plant. Be sure that the bottom two-thirds have leaves.

Does cilantro grow back after cutting?

Yes! No worries about killing the plant after a one-time use. Cilantro will happily regrow if you only cut the tops off and keep leaves at the base.

You should be able to harvest once a week. Then you can cook them immediately or freeze them for later.

They can last in the freezer for six months.

PRO TIP: Do not dry out cilantro, as it loses most of its flavor when dried.

If your interested in learning how to store crops and keep them fresh, you may also want to check out our articles on How To Store Fresh Basil or Onions too! 

Step #6: Keep Planting 

Planting cilantro in batches can give you a supply that keeps providing while others are growing.

Plant cilantro in 2-3 week intervals.

Can you imagine having tacos with cilantro every night? It makes my mouth water.

(If cilantro makes your mouth water, why not keep the ball rolling and check out how to grow mint indoors too!)


No Worries! Growing Cilantro is Quick and Painless 

Getting started with growing your own food when you don’t have much outdoor space may seem like a daunting task, but starting with something easy like cilantro can ease you into filling your home with fresh food in no time.

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