Santo is a popular variety of Coriander, which belongs to the Coriandrum genus (Coriandrum sativum 'Santo'). It is a Herb and is treated mainly as a Biennial, This means that it grows best over the course of two years. Normally growing to a mature height of 75.0 cm (2.44 feet), Santo grows with a forb-like habit.
Santo Coriander needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.
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How to grow Coriander 'Santo'
Grows best in well cultivated soil in a sunny position. Cilantro is a short lived plant and is very prone to bolting – so having seeds started at different times to ensure a crop all summer long is best. When flower heads appear cut them off to extend the life of the plant.Position in a partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Santo is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is loamy and has a ph of between 4.9 and 8.2 as Coriander is a moderately acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil loving plant.
Growing Santo from seed
This plant is best left not transplanted, so sow directly into soil outdoors after the last frost, or start indoors in peat pellets that can be directly planted without disturbing the roots.Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 5.85 inches (15.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.23 inches (0.6 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.
Coriander 'Santo' information
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