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Old 10-03-07, 12:32 PM   #1
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any reason this wouldn't work?

I want to plant cilantro. My friend has a big bag of coriander seeds. Is there any reason I can't use those? Should I soak them in water for a couple of days to get them to germinate?
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They very well may germinate. Keep 'em warm and moist. Puting some in a cup of water overnight can't hurt.

They may not germinate if old and/or processed.

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If this doesn't do anything, I guess it doesn't hurt to get a packet from the store.
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You should know in a matter of a week to a week and a half.

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I would put them in a wet paper towel rather than a glass of water. If they are old, they may not. If he collected the seeds from his own plants, the odds are good. We do that every year.
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I would put them in a wet paper towel rather than a glass of water. If they are old, they may not. If he collected the seeds from his own plants, the odds are good. We do that every year.
Paper towel works too, but if you leave them in there even a few days mold can develop. I've since just given seeds an overnight soak, then put them in the ground.

Both ways are fine of course.

The cilantro in my back yard self seeds every year.

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nah, it's a bag of coriander seeds for cooking Indian food. I just figured it might save me having to buy a pouch of seeds.
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nah, it's a bag of coriander seeds for cooking Indian food. I just figured it might save me having to buy a pouch of seeds.
Still may work, unless they have been heat dried, or irridated perhaps, or are old.

One advantage (besides higher germination rate) of buying seeds is you know exactly what variety you are getting. Some are better suited for different climates, some are more likely to bolt than others too, which is nice if you want the leaves vs. seeds.

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