Santo is a slow-bolting selection grown for its leaves. Direct seed every two weeks for a continuous supply of fresh leaves. Like the leaves and seeds, the flowers are also edible. Use them 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. Avg. 2,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.
Latin Name: Coriandrum sativum
Days to Maturity or Bloom:
50-55 to leaf harvest, 90-105 to seed
Shipping Information & Notes
"Santo's sweet flavor always stands out in our trials, making it a reliable favorite for field-grown cilantro."
Lindsay Spigel Product Development
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-10 days.
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. 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.