How to grow CILANTRO/Parsley Spices in Uganda

Freshly Uprooted Cilantro Plants in Uganda

Freshly Uprooted Cilantro Plants in Uganda

Cilantro is an herb with savory, deep green leaves that are harvested fresh and used to flavor food. Cilantro and coriander come from one and the same plant.

The feathery leaves and large white umbrella flower heads do define the plants outer beauty.

Cilantro refers to the fresh leaf, also known as Chinese parsley. Coriander is the name for the seeds.

Originality of cilantro extends from the European and Asian continents.

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Common Cilantro varieties in Uganda

Common varieties include Long standing, Leisure cilantro, Santos cilantro and Terra type.

How to propagate Cilantro Spices in Africa

Propagating cilantro is by seed, and given optimal conditions the seeds are able to germinate and grow to maturity with about 2 to 3 weeks.

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Cilantro Soil requirements

Cilantro has no special soil requirement. Rich, dark soil always produces the biggest, healthiest plants.

But any moisture retentive soil with average nutrient levels can be fine.

Cilantro/parsley also prefers soil pH of 6.0 to 6.7.

How to plant Cilantro/Parsley in Africa

When planting Parsley sow seeds about ¼ inch (0.6cm) deep with spacing of 6 to 8 inches apart, and in rows at approximately 1 foot (0.3m) apart.

Water the seeds as cilantro seeds need plenty of moisture to germinate.

Cilantro grows so quickly, so you need to practice succession planting. Therefore do this every 2 to 3 weeks. This way you will ensure that you have a fresh supply of cilantro through the growing season.

Once the seedling are about (5.1cm) in height, you can apply water soluble nitrogen fertilizer.

When the plant is established aim at keeping the soil moist other than being soggy, as cilantro is a dry climate herb.

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How to Harvest and Store Parsley in Uganda

Harvest cilantro by cutting off individual leaves, with stems from the base of the plant near the ground level.

To store cilantro leaves, you can either freeze or dry them.

To freeze, put the leaves in a resealable freezer bag and store them in your freezer.

To dry them, hang the plant in a warm place until fully dried, and then store the leaves in a resealable bag or container.

Alternatively, you can just snip cilantro leaves for fresh use as the plant attains the height of 6 inches.

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Quick Tips steps for planting cilantro in Uganda

  • Clear site meant for planting to create a clear field for sowing.

  • Open up drills preferably in rows of a depth between (1-0.6) cm deep.

  • Then thinly sow cilantro seeds in to the holes.

  • Use a spacing of (15.2 to 20.3) cm between plants and approximately 1 foot in rows.

  • Water the sown seeds to provide moisture needed during cultivation.

  • Spray water soluble nitrogen to encourage growth of leaves.

  • Hoe around plants to prevent weeds or even intercrop or mulch the fields.

  • Once the plant is well established, harvest the fresh leaves for use or drying.

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