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If you are one of those people who likes cilantro and doesn’t think it tastes like soap, then growing your own cilantro can bring many uses to you both in the garden and in the kitchen. But cilantro in the garden can bring many benefits, besides use as a herb in recipes. Other crops in your garden can benefit from cilantro by using it in companion planting. Cilantro attracts beneficial insects, such as parasitic wasps, ladybugs, and hoverflies. It is a herb that can help keep harmful bugs away. And it also helps other crops nearby thrive. In this article, we will go over what are good companion plants for cilantro and what you should not plant with cilantro in your home garden.
Good Companion Plants for Cilantro
- Brussels Sprouts
Anise can help cilantro grow better. And in return cilantro helps anise seeds germinate faster.
Beans, including green beans, are great companion plants for cilantro. Cilantro grows very well with added nitrogen in the soil which beans can provide.
Celery is a good companion crop with cilantro because of the natural bug repellent that cilantro provides to nearby crops.
Eggplant benefits from cilantro as a companion because cilantro can help repel the Colorado Potato Beetle.
Lupines is another nitrogen fixing plant that coriander will benefit from if used as a companion crop.
Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and other Brassicas can grow well with cilantro growing nearby. They benefit from the bug-repelling ability of cilantro. And they also will not have any competition for nutrients in the soil from cilantro since cilantro is a light feeder.
Okra benefits from companion planting with cilantro because cilantro helps in repelling harmful pests and also attracts pollinators when it flowers.
Peas are another companion crop that can also add nitrogen to the soil. Find other companion crops for peas here.
Potatoes benefit from cilantro as a companion crop because cilantro repels potato beetles.
Spinach has better growth when cilantro is a companion crop for spinach.
Tomatoes benefit as a companion crop to cilantro. Not only do tomatoes benefit from the pest repelling abilities of cilantro, but also from the beneficial predatory insects that cilantro attracts.
What Not To Plant With Cilantro In Your Garden
Carrots can have their growth stunted if cilantro is used as a companion crop. There is also a risk of cross-pollination. Find what crops are good to plant with carrots here.
Dill can cross pollinate with cilantro which can cause issues if you wanted to save seeds or have either self seed.
Fennel is not a good companion plant for many crops including cilantro.
Oregano, Rosemary, and Thyme require dryer soil conditions than cilantro. If you want to put these together put them in separate pots or containers so you can control the soil moisture for each plant individually.
- Companion Plants for Basil
- Companion Plants for Lavender
- Companion Plants for Oregano
- Companion Plants for Thyme