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gythagirl



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 20 11:28 am    Post subject: Spice rack coriander... Reply with quote
    

Having forgotten to add coriander to a seed order and unable to buy from a garden centre, I'm tempted to follow the RHS advice contained in an email last week:

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Seeds can be found in the kitchen cupboard: marrowfat peas (for pea shoots), chickpeas, coriander, dill, celery (this will be leaf celery), fennel, fenugreek and mustard all make good sprouts or microsalads – or can be grown on as herbs or vegetables.


Has anyone on here sown coriander seeds from their spice rack???

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 5774
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 20 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've let my cilantro go to seed to become coriander in my spice rack

It should be fine, though you may get a variety that's been bred for seed and not leaf. The big what-if is how old the seed is and how it's been stored. You may have reduced germination or totally dead seed. The only harm in trying is potentially wasted coriander.

Also it almost goes without saying that you need whole seed, not ground (I'm sure someone will try and be disappointed)

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 20 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

My mum used to plant so much coriander that it wasn’t practical to use seed packets, she just used packs sold for spice

gythagirl



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 20 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes it's seeds - ha ha - and I actually bought it just a couple of month ago (unlike some of the spices in my spice rack . There's only one way to find out, isn't there!

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 20 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

yep i have used kilo bags as green manure( and swapped the spare crop for goose eggs )

Midlandsman



Joined: 22 May 2014
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 20 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Slim wrote:
I've let my cilantro go to seed to become coriander in my spice rack

It should be fine, though you may get a variety that's been bred for seed and not leaf. The big what-if is how old the seed is and how it's been stored. You may have reduced germination or totally dead seed. The only harm in trying is potentially wasted coriander.

Also it almost goes without saying that you need whole seed, not ground (I'm sure someone will try and be disappointed)


Put 20 seeds on a damp kitchen towel and fold it over. Put it in something like a lidded takeaway pot and wait to see if they sprout. It's a good way to test the viability.

gythagirl



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 20 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Good idea

gythagirl



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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 20 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Update! 3 weeks in and a no show for the spice rack seeds...have given in and made another seed order, funny how my list grew way beyond coriander -

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 20 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I must admit I haven't grown it for years (no veg plot) but something that mum and dad used to do was just crack the seed casing before sowing so that's what I used to do. I did occasionally buy seed packets for varieties that were supposedly less prone to bolting but always went back to grocery store stuff as we used to harvest the seeds for spice use anyway

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 8675
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 20 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

gythagirl wrote:
Update! 3 weeks in and a no show for the spice rack seeds...have given in and made another seed order, funny how my list grew way beyond coriander -

Seeds are sneaky things. They invade one's thought process with visions of a bountiful harvest and the brainwashing starts....

gythagirl



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
Posts: 1464
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 20 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

You are so right...

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