By Amy Grant
If you?ve never heard of cilantro herbs before, then this article is definitely for you. Click here to get information on what culantro is used for, how to grow culantro and additional culantro plant care.
Hydroponics is a method of planting in a water-based, mineral-rich nutrient solution instead of soil. It is a very effective method that minimizes water wastage and water usage in farming. Besides, hydroponically grown greens are equally nutritious as those produced in the soil.
There are seven different varieties of Cilantro namely Slo Bolt, Caribe, California Long-Standing, Delfino, Leisure, Lemon, Moroccan, Jantar, Santos, Terra, and Costa Rica. Varieties like long-standing, Calypso Santo, Marino are slow bolting and ideal to grow hydroponically for cilantro leaves while for coriander seeds, all varieties of cilantro are considered good.
The seeds of cilantro are small and round. Each seed has two seeds within the follicle that germinates. So when you plant one seed you are actually planting two seeds. It’s best to soak hard seeds overnight before using them.
Grow seeds in a Hydroponic grow cube, or a 1-inch wide net pot to avoid interrupting the seedlings and replanting them. Soak a Hydroponic grow cube in a tray filled with water. Squeeze out excess water so it remains damped. Put 2-3 seeds into the hole of each Hydroponic grow cube. Spread a thin plastic sheet or wrap to cover its top and then position it near a warm area with indirect sunlight to provide it a greenhouse effect.
Spray the medium with water 2-3 times a week to keep it moist and avoid it from drying. Focus on the germination of seeds. Lift the plastic cover once you see germination has begun. Move it to a sunshiny area to avoid legginess and poorly produced plants.
Once the cilantro plants grow 5cm in height, place them in a hydroponic system. The hydroponic system is a hydroculture medium that allows precise control over environmental requirements in indoor planting. Before placing the cilantro plants, check whether the hydroponic system is operating correctly. Use a low concentration nutrient and provide the light on for a least 12 hours. Start the wind and allow it to circulate gently through the crop.
Add water-soluble or liquid fertilizer to the water according to the instructions given on the fertilizer. Repeat this step every time you restore the system. Assure the system does not dry out and also examine for bacterial leaf spots. Make sure your plants do not starve out.
When the crop is about 20 cm in height then start harvesting the outer leaves. After 20 days of the plantation after planting the first crop, you can start a second batch to continue the supply of Cilantro. Remove the bud to prevent the plant from turning bitter in taste. You should start harvesting the main cilantro leaves after 35 to 40 days. Once harvested use them as early as possible.
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