Coriander – Green Thunder



Coriander is becoming a very popular herb and this variety is specially selected for leaf production.  Furthermore, if you buy plain coriander seeds they are likely to bolt much quicker.  This is because the plants are meant for producing coriander seeds.


Sow small amounts every 3 weeks from late March until August.  It can be sown directly into the ground or into modular trays (5 seeds per cell)


Between rows: 20cm

Between plants in the row: 20cm (5 seedlings per station)

Approx. seed count: 100

Further information:

Coriander is a short lived annual herb and therefore needs to be sown at regular intervals to ensure a continuous supply.


Sow in modular trays (5-7 seeds per cell) and plant out 4 weeks later.

Alternatively sow seeds directly into a well prepared seedbed (2cm deep).

1. February to April for indoor planting.
2. April to July for outdoor planting.
3. August to October for indoor planting.

For a continuous supply sow at regular intervals (3-4 weeks).

Plant care:

Keep weed free and water when dry.


The first pickings can be made from about 8 weeks after sowing. Use the cut and come again method. Cut when the plants are about 15cm tall.

Potential problems:

Apart from bolting there is very little to worry about.

How much to grow?

Two to three multi-seeded plants of each sown every three weeks will be adequate.


Coriander ‘Green Thunder’

Further information about coriander:

As a spice, the lemony and floral flavor of coriander is in many Asian, Latin, and Indian dishes.  It also is used widely in European cuisine. The leaves of the coriander plant are a herb. The round seeds are used to make coriander spice. This spice is also found in the Indian spice mixture garam masala, which is also used in many savory dishes.

Coriander is a spice produced from the round, tan-colored seeds of the coriander plant. It is  a member of the parsley family. The word coriander can be used to describe the entire plant: leaves, stems and seed. When speaking of coriander, most people are referring to the spice produced from the seeds of the plant.

Furthermore, the leaves of the plant are commonly called cilantro.  This comes from the Spanish word for coriander, or Chinese parsley. Coriander roots also appear in culinary use as a pungent addition to Thai curries. Also coriander grows as a native plant around the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and in the Americas.

In addition, Coriander is mentioned in the Old Testament, in which the manna provided to the Jews fleeing Egypt was described as being like coriander seed.  Seventeenth-century Frenchmen used distilled coriander to make liquor. Today, it is cultivated in tropical and subtropical countries throughout the world, and the herb is used worldwide.