Is it possible to grow cilantro inside in a pot? I love it, but it does not do well as I live in Louisiana and it gets very hot.
Because of cilantro’s small stature, it is a good candidate for growing in a pot. Choose a fairly deep container, such as a one- or two-gallon nursery pot, to accommodate its taproot, and sow seeds directly into the pot. How well cilantro will perform indoors depends on the light exposure you give it. Try growing it in a window where it gets several hours of direct sunlight daily. Keep the soil lightly moist.
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum, also known as coriander or Chinese parsley) is an annual that is easily grown from seed. The best flavor is from young leaves, so fans of this herb often make successive sowings every few weeks to keep a steady supply of fresh foliage. Once plants flower and form seeds, the leaf quality deteriorates (although the fruits and seeds have culinary uses as well). Cilantro has a brief life span that can be further shortened by hot weather, dry soil, or transplanting (instead of direct seeding). As the weather heats up in summer, light shade and a cooling layer of mulch help to extend the harvest.
In your climate, you may find that cilantro performs best when planted outdoors in late summer or fall for winter harvest. You can also let it self-seed in the garden and establish its own seasonal routine. —Doug Hall