Coriander is a tasty food and folk medicine that can protect your cannabis plants.
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is a powerful herb with several health benefits, culinary uses and companion planting functions. It is rich in nutritional elements, minerals and dietary fibre and of many an Asian meal wouldn’t be right without a handful of freshly chopped coriander greens or cilantro if you are in the US. The seeds when crushed are a favoured tonic for stomach upsets, can reduce fevers and lower cholesterol levels. Once called dizzycorn, overconsumption of the crushed seeds caused a narcotic effect and they were also used during the Renaissance in love potions for their aphrodisiac qualities.
Coriander is a versatile plant to have in your garden. As a front-line deterrent, it repels aphids, potato beetles and the dreaded spider mite. As a cooled tea made from the crushed seeds it can be used as a topical spray as a guaranteed way to control spider mites if they do get through your defences.
Adding its flavour to the potpourri in your garden helps attract tachinid flies, hoverflies and a variety of parasitoid wasps that prey on bad bugs or their larvae. Undemanding and easy to grow gets coriander the companion plant two thumbs up.
|Coriandrum sativum||Annual, herbaceous.||Up to 22 – 30 cm apart||Leaves: 60 to 75 days after sowing. Seeds: 100 or more days.||Stealth (ground level).||Sunny site that will allow to self-seed.|
|pH||Soil||Germination||Spacing||Seeds per gram||Note|
|Prefers 6,5 to 7,5. Can grow between 6,1 and 7,8.||Deep and fertile. can be either light or heavy, as long as it is well-drained.||14 – 21 days / 18 – 21,5°C||22 – 30 cm apart||110 and 150||Sow direct in final growing pots, do not transplant as root disturbance causes early bolting. Anything that stresses them will cause them to bolt (meaning they will grow a flower prematurely and set seed).|