In our trials, we found Marino's flavor, growth rate, and bolt tolerance to be very similar to that of Santo. Like the leaves and seeds, the flowers are also edible.
• Attracts Beneficial Insects: if allowed to flower, provides pollen and nectar for beneficial insects such as, bees, hoverflies, and tachinid flies.
•Edible Flowers: Use the flowers raw because the flavor fades quickly when cooked. Sprinkle to taste on salads, bean dishes, chicken, and spicy Southwestern dishes. Flavor is of mild cilantro. Organically grown. Avg. 2,400 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.
SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Direct seed spring through late summer. Sow 1-2 seeds per inch, 1/4- 1/2" deep in rows 12-18" apart. There is no need to thin, as cilantro continues to grow well even when sown thickly. For coriander seed production, thin to stand 2-4" apart. Successive sowings can be done every 2-3 weeks for continual harvest of leaves.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. In most locations, bolting is likely in the heat of midsummer. Can be successfully grown in part shade in warm climates. SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Does best in rich, well-drained soil.
PLANT HEIGHT: 12-18".
PLANT SPACING: 2-4".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Leaves may be harvested once the plants have become established and before flowering begins. Mature seeds are produced about 3 months after planting and are harvested when dry on the plant.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
50-55 to leaf harvest; 90-105 to seed
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Variety's flowers may be consumed.
Salad Mix Component
A mixture of lettuce and greens with different colors, flavors and textures, harvested at a tender, baby, bite-size stage. For fresh salads.
Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies
Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.
Supplies that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) rules according to a third-party authority such as OMRI, WSDA, and/or a local authority such as MOFGA or NOFA.
Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.