Coriander Farming

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If you want to start coriander farming, you will need to learn the basics of growing this plant. Like other herbs, coriander needs a lot of sun and the region where you live is a very important factor.

It is possible to earn money from growing coriander as long you know how to plant them properly.

Growing Coriander for Money

There are many ways to earn money and did you know that you can earn some good money from your very own backyard? This is true and one way to achieve this goal is through coriander farming. Growing coriander for money is possible as long as you know the steps. The coriander is a dry seed and the native leaves are called cilantro in the Mediterranean. This plant is best suited in the zone 3 of USDA. It will surely thrive in cool damp springs and in dry hot summers. What are the things that you will need in growing coriander?

Among the things that you will need are bypass pruners, fertilizers, compost makers, trowels, spades, mulch, potting soil, planting containers, and seeds. Pick an area in your garden where there is a lot of sun. Most herbs need a lot of sun and this is also true when growing coriander for money! The plant is not fussy when it comes to the soil’s pH but you will have to pick a soil that is well drained. Providing compost is necessary as well. Once you plant the coriander, a deep taproot will develop and so it will not do well with transplanting. For this reason, you need to plant the coriander in the right place.

Planting Coriander and Harvesting

It’s best to plant coriander in spring when there is no more frost. You can sow the coriander seeds at last 1/2” deep. Thin the plants as soon as they emerge and make sure that each plant is four inches apart. To preserve moisture, mulch the plants. This is also good for deterring weeds. You need to ensure that young coriander plants don’t dry out but once the plants are established, it will require little water. If you want to get a constant supply of leaves, you have to sow succession crops every 3 weeks. You can do this until the late summer.

If you are planning to harvest the leaves only, you can harvest them when the plant is already 6 inches tall. For those who want to harvest and sell seeds, you will have to wait until late summer or in the earlier months of autumn. This is the time when the seeds begin to ripen. You can cut the plants and hang them to dry and get the seeds. If you prefer growing coriander in pots, choose a container that is at least 12” deep. Whether you plant coriander in pots or directly on the ground, you can harvest many leaves and seeds with the right planting strategies.


  • 1. John Thiaro said on 2/24/2011 2:10:20 PM
    I am growing some coriander, with some at about 2 weeks ( 14 days) I've noticed the leaves are turning yellowish. Do you have the names of the disease and the type of control in terms of sprays or something. I live in Kenya, Nakuru.
  • 2. stanley mazhambe said on 10/4/2011 4:00:10 AM
    please can i have a coriander crop budget that suits small holder farmers in ZIMBABWE.
  • 3. Tom Mwenje said on 2/10/2012 2:22:34 AM
    My business location is in Nairobi Kenya. Kindly have a coriander crop budget that suits small holder farmers in Kenya
  • 4. irene said on 6/5/2012 5:27:15 AM
    Planning to farm coriander as a business in kiambu kenya. kindly can i have crop budget that suits a small scale farmer in this area.
  • 5. Ravi Shankar Singh said on 7/22/2012 8:44:07 AM
    Dear Sir, I Ravi Shankar Singh, want to cultivate the coriander in large area. Is it profitable crop ? If yes then give the suggestion how much area is commercially suitable ?
  • 6. beatrice said on 7/23/2012 3:38:32 AM
    am planning to start growing dhania as a business.where can i get my customers?am in chaka,nyeri
  • 7. des said on 8/22/2012 2:33:07 PM
    am planning to grow dhania in n eighth of n acre in nairobi please help me with information on how best to grow and how many days it take for maturity and ready for harvest
  • 8. Ashwani yadav said on 9/28/2012 11:55:54 AM
    hello sir. i have a good land for this business in U.P. so i want know that which type of benefits i will get with it.
  • 9. David Mbugua goro said on 10/1/2012 2:36:40 PM
    I leave in kiambu, Kenya. I would like to help me on where to sell my dhania and what is the best seasons to plant dhani
  • 10. peter said on 10/4/2012 12:25:58 PM
    hi, would like to grow dhania for seeds coz where i am situated is far from market for the leaves any available market for seeds in kenya?
  • 11. margaret k said on 10/13/2012 4:47:59 PM
    i live in nairobi kenya and have two pieces of land one acre each in kitengela and kiserian. i attended the nairobi show last month and was surprised to learn that coriander matures in 35 days only and got interested to grow. Assist with more info.
  • 12. Grace said on 10/30/2012 7:41:06 AM
    Am planning to start growing dhania as a business in githunguri kenya. Kindly can i have crop budget that suites small scale farmer in this area
  • 13. eleazer said on 11/28/2012 11:57:39 AM
    quite interesting...think i should try it..karen area. kenya
  • 14. Michael Mbogho said on 12/27/2012 1:53:55 AM
    I am interested in growing Dhania(coriander) in Taita Taveta District(Mwatate). I have one acre piece of land. Kindly may i have budget which suits me as a small scale farmer. My main target is grow it for money making in Mombasa & personal use. Hope to hear from you soon
  • 15. Isaac Washington Kangethe said on 1/7/2013 7:55:54 AM
    I am interested in growing coriander in Nakuru Kabazi area on 1 acre piece of land which is presently under tomatoes. Kindly may I have budget which suits me as a small scale farmer. My main target is grow it for harvest and sale of leaves to any buyer ready to purchase without the exploitative attitude with these middle men. Please may I know how much I would expect to earn from that per month. Hope to hear from you soon
  • 16. Marion said on 2/23/2013 6:02:39 AM
    Hi. I grow alot of Coriander in Githunguri area but unable to get good market. The Brokers who come always buy it at throw away prices. Any good markets available?
  • 17. kamau said on 3/30/2013 8:49:48 AM
    i wish to venture into the coriander business, please advice me on about how much capital is required to raise coriander to maturity on an 1/8 th of an acre and how many kilos of leaf can be harvested in it
  • 18. waheed Chaudri said on 5/27/2013 7:10:00 AM
    hi, Good After Noon, i am living in Pakistan, Attock, my land is near about 3000 Yards i have my own well for watering to my land, i want the farming of CORIANDER for commercial purpose. in our country summer is very hot. kindly advise.
  • 19. N.MOHAN SAI said on 5/29/2013 12:31:50 PM
    it is best to know how to crop, hindupur, anantapur, andrapradesh, india.
  • 20. sheik fareed said on 5/30/2013 3:23:43 AM
    hi, good afternoon to all. i am living in india in the state of tamilnadu. my land is nearly 70 acres. i want to farming coriander for commercial purpose. give me advise plz..
  • 21. Stephen munga said on 6/10/2013 12:19:06 AM
    Want to know about dhania market in Kenya.
  • 22. kevin gatonye said on 7/22/2013 5:33:34 AM
    I am interested in growing coriander in kiambu county kenya limuru area on l/8 acre piece of land which is recently under tomatoes. Kindly may I have budget which suits me as a small scale farmer. My main target is grow it for harvest and sale of leaves to any buyer ready to purchase without the exploitation of these middlemen. Please advice on proper agronomic practices for profitable farming. Hope to hear from you soon
  • 23. tabitha said on 8/1/2013 12:47:22 PM
    i am in mumias, western Kenya and interested in Dhania farming, kindly inform me if it can work here n what i need, thank you
  • 24. Jones Ndolo said on 8/29/2013 5:52:50 AM
    I am at Malili Makueni County and want to link up with people who can buy dania in large quantities especially the harvested seed. I have more than 1000kgs. Kindly assist. I can be reached on 0722135943
  • 25. doris segera said on 9/6/2013 9:30:25 AM
    m at kiambu county and i need to start a small scale farming for dhania,kindly assist me with the budget and how to go about it
  • 26. zawadi daniel said on 9/19/2013 11:15:04 PM
    i want to start small scale farming for dhania. can they do better in mombasa? please assist. 0723840863.Mombasa.Kenya
  • 27. Damaris k said on 10/18/2013 8:58:34 AM
    Hi, i am a farmer in kenya use to grow dhania/coriander kindly call +254722696516
  • 28. vee said on 11/20/2013 1:58:21 AM
    Hi i am in Kiambu Githunguri want to know much about the best seed and how to choose them. the right time to plant and time to harvest, kindly link me with dhania farmers in this area.
  • 29. Samuel ndichu said on 12/27/2013 11:36:31 AM
    I am a coriander farmer At the moment I have about 5 bags of coriander seeds on sale You need them ? Contact me on 0716592584. Price is agreeable
  • 30. Rubix said on 1/21/2014 3:41:21 AM
    Hi, What's the price of the coriander seeds in Kenya?
  • 31. Donald said on 3/12/2014 2:39:18 AM
    I am in South Africa Northern Cape province. I had been growing coriander for years. I had discovered coriander variety with carrot like leaves growing among my coriander. I use certified seeds learnt from mistakes. But my seed company could not tell me what it was. I know bolting it wasnt because it took the same time to flower as others. Likely i kept its seeds. Please help.
  • 32. Esmat said on 4/28/2014 4:42:30 AM
    I want to start coriander farming can I do them trays if yes what kind of trays and can I have grow lights to faster the cycle, Please suggest Regards, Esmat
  • 33. hari rijal said on 6/3/2014 11:00:17 PM
    i am from nepal. we have just started coriander farming in kathmandu. we have a problem . in hot day time we have a problem of yellow leaves we are using maxflower but there is no good result how can we solve this problem?
  • 34. Simon said on 9/10/2014 4:20:12 AM
    Am within Ruiru, Membley Estate and would like to grow Coriander (Dhania)on my 1/2 acre plot with water throught the season.Natural Manure readily available. I want to grow for somebody willing to pick throughout the year. 0788958345.
  • 35. Esmat Damji said on 10/6/2014 1:30:16 PM
    I am planning to farm dhania on commercial level in limuru area how much will I need as capital though I am planning to farm on 30 day schedule so I get harvest daily Further how much do I get get if I am to divide 3 acre into 30 portions is it advisable what production will I get daily in kgs and what is the average price per kg. Regards, Esmat. Sorry my cell no 254787417290
  • 36. pharis ngatia said on 10/28/2014 9:30:32 AM
    what are the basics of growing dHania?
  • 37. elizabeth ogone said on 11/12/2014 3:00:17 PM
    From kisumu city, kenya. want to venture in this business advise
  • 38. Haider Zaidi said on 12/9/2014 4:53:01 AM
    I am looking for Coriander Leaves for UK market . Plz email your details to
  • 39. Darius said on 1/12/2015 8:08:28 AM
    I want to start a small scale coriander farming at Geturi in Kisii, Kenya.
  • 40. Darius said on 1/12/2015 8:13:22 AM
    1. Should I apply fertilizer during sowing the seeds or do top dressing after germination?
    2. Should the nursery beds be covered for warmth or after sowing they should be left exposed to the sun?
  • 41. Njoki Jossy said on 3/25/2015 3:04:44 AM
    Hi all, i have dhania that seems to have stopped growing after 1 month, was hoping to harvest leaves in 2 weeks. what could be the problem? Is there a ready market without brokers? I also need a business plan for 1 acre of dhania....someone assist.
  • 42. Murali said on 4/1/2015 8:35:27 AM
    Hi, Please let me know the famous ares in India for Coriander leaves production in summer.....
  • 43. Naresh said on 4/15/2015 8:15:31 AM
    Best area for the production of Coriander is Punjab. We in Punjab sale Coriander at the rate of 10 rs/10 gm.
  • 44. Tony said on 4/23/2015 6:14:37 AM
    can I buy commercial amounts coriander seeds?
  • 45. Albert said on 5/29/2015 9:33:56 AM
    Wish to be advised on the Dos & don'ts in Coriander farming
  • 46. Alfa said on 6/10/2015 4:59:09 AM
    I have 8 acres of ready land to grow dhania there ready market. advise
  • 47. Dee Wright said on 7/19/2015 3:33:27 AM
    Hi I live in Utrecht KZN RSA I would like to farm Dhania and sell the leaves. What is minimum size ground recommended for viable project, necessary budget and correct planting methods. Regards Dee
  • 48. Phoebe said on 8/4/2015 8:31:06 AM
    I live in nyeri and am so interested I Dania farming as a cash crop..advice me please
  • 49. Cecilia mwai said on 8/13/2015 9:51:35 AM
    hi am from karatina please help with some guidelines on how to plant dhania s
  • 50. peter said on 9/25/2015 6:41:38 PM
    hi am from Ruiru with a half acre of land and i was thinking of growing dania please advice.
  • 51. kamotho erastus said on 9/27/2015 9:12:35 AM
    hi, am from kirinyaga and want to venture into Dania business....what is the monthly earnings and how is the market in Kenya..
  • 52. Satvir Singh said on 11/1/2015 10:47:16 PM
    Hi I am from India Haryana. I have half Acre land I want to growing dhania please advise how much is income. Satvir Singh
  • 53. ganesh koleshwar said on 2/23/2016 2:09:20 AM
    I am growing some coriander, with some at about 2 weeks ( 14 days) I've noticed the leaves are turning yellowish. Do you have the names of the disease and the type of control in terms of sprays or something.i am from jalna maharashtra
  • 54. Johnson said on 4/12/2016 9:22:51 PM
    I have planted dhania/corriender kunde managu kale spinach and ammaranth. Am looking for a market. In muranga county KENYA.
  • 55. anurag said on 4/25/2016 10:24:41 PM
    sir, please mene hare dhaniye ka plot grow kiya he. ab dhaniya sell karna please i have sell my dhaniya plat. please give me some agent as well as i sell please help me.
  • 56. Janine said on 4/28/2016 2:49:07 AM
    We are growing 6000 seeds each week and get them to week 3 easily, we notice the leaves are turning yellow, we fertilize with nitrogen and the leaves turn big and the stems can't cope with the weight!! Any ideas??? NSW Australia
  • 57. Joseph Mburu said on 5/12/2016 3:53:24 PM
    i am planning to start planting coriander in an acre in eldoret kenya for business, can u help me with tips and methods to use.
  • 58. kalule samuel said on 5/21/2016 3:38:12 AM
    hello my name is Samuel from Uganda for those who plants coriander and it gets yellow you have to put chicken aust or you spray supper green as well.
  • 59. Daniel said on 7/25/2016 9:08:09 AM
    We are a sacco and planning to farm dhania on commercial level in Muranga area. Advise on capital requirements and marketing 0722494303
  • 60. Angeline said on 7/26/2016 3:40:46 AM
    Please provide a budget for coriander plant am mombasa. How long does the plant take to mature?
  • 61. salome said on 7/29/2016 5:50:09 AM
    i wish to grow dania. where can i get the market. am in kirinyaga
  • 62. Zah said on 8/2/2016 6:44:12 PM
    Anybody doing this in the uk that can advise me how to start up
  • 63. Nosheel said on 8/15/2016 5:14:42 AM
    HI GUYS, I AM IN DURBAN , SOUTH AFRICA, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE TO GET BULK CORIANDER/DHANIA SEED. IF THE PEOPLE THAT POSTED ON THIS SITE COULD KINDLY ALSO ASSIST WITH SMALL QUANTITIES, I WOULD BE GRATEFUL. MY CONTACT DETAILS ARE, NOSHEEL RAMMAYAS, nosheel@live.coza, (+27) 073 677 6320. could the administrator of this please provide me with email details of the people that posted on your site?
  • 64. anand suthar said on 9/7/2016 7:00:02 AM
    Hello, good evening, please tell me about what demand of coriander in market for commercial purpose. i am from India(Haryana)
  • 65. PURITY ODINDO said on 9/19/2016 5:43:56 AM
  • 66. elisha sheban said on 10/31/2016 12:24:57 AM
    Am Elisha sheban and I want to start planting coriander in western Kenya at maseno is the soil and weather conditional for the plant
  • 67. purity kagendo said on 12/9/2016 2:44:19 AM
    @Nosheel. I have coriander seeds, are you still buying?
  • 68. Joe said on 1/13/2017 5:42:11 AM
    Hi. I'm interested in growing coriander commercially. How can I get more information?
  • 69. Patrick beginner adviser said on 1/19/2017 10:01:04 AM
    @joe Hi! Am a coriander farmer willing to give you any assistant you need please contact me via my email. || Coriander Farming Adviser

  • 70. Mercy said on 1/24/2017 7:16:52 AM
    @Patrick what is your email address? I need your help ASAP
  • 71. Mercy said on 1/24/2017 7:18:25 AM
    @Patrick my email is please contact me ASAP. Thanks
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