Companion Planting with Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) – What is Coriander a Companion Plant of?
You may be familiar with Coriander as a Pungent Herb that flavours Salsa or Pico de Gallo and Many Mexican Recipes. That same fragrance, used throughout the garden, can attract Beneficial Insects and encourage growth of some crops, such as Spinach
The Companion Plant Coriander
Coriander, as a Companion Plant in the garden, is an excellent means of attracting Beneficial Insects. Beneficial Insects in the garden use various means of destroying the bad bugs that exist to maim and mutilate your crops. Often, tiny Beneficial's lay eggs on your garden plants, which feed on pests after hatching. Plant a few seeds of Coriander for Companion Planting with various other crops.
Tiny flowers of Coriander as a companion plant accommodate Beneficial Bugs and encourage them to maintain residence in your gardens. As a Companion Plant, Coriander may be planted throughout the garden in well-placed locations, tucked in near Tomatoes and Spinach plants or planted in rows bordering Fruits and Vegetables. Choose varieties of Coriander which bolt easily, producing flowers quickly. Coriander is a short-lived flowering herb which may be re-seeded every few weeks to maintain its potent effect.
Coriander for Companion Planting will produce flowers by late Spring or early Summer, depending on location and when it is planted. Other small flowered plants such as Sweet Alyssum and Creeping Thyme may be planted for pest control earlier in the season.
Late blooming plants to accompany Coriander as a Companion Plant include Fern Leaf Lavender and Dill. Coriander may be reseeded in late Summer for Autumn fragrance and pest control. Do not plant Fennel in the area where you are using Coriander as a companion.
Basil, Mint, Yarrow and Tansy are good choices for Companion Planting with Coriander. This cool season herb, sometimes called Mexican Parsley or Cilantro, may experience warm season growth when planted under and shaded by Tomatoes. Include Jalapeno Peppers and Onions nearby for everything you need for a Salsa Garden. Leaves of Coriander that become infested with bugs should be discarded.
Parasitic Wasps and Hover Flies are just two of the Beneficial Insects attracted to the garden with Coriander for Companion Planting. Use of Coriander as a Companion in the garden, in combination with other small flowering Pungent Herbs (eg. Parsley, Basil & Chervil), provide a pest-free garden or at least keep Bad Bugs to an acceptable minimum that does not allow for too much damage to your crops.