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Here is the BEST Time to Transplant Cilantro in Iowa (2022 Guide)

Do you want to transplant cilantro plant seedlings, but don’t know when the best time is to?

Transplanting cilantro plants is not as easy as it seems.

Here’s why:

  • New cilantro plants must be consistenly watered, receive at least 8 hours of sunlight a day, & be kept at a temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit both inside and in a garden.

So if you don’t consistently water them they will quickly wilt. If temperatures consistently fall below 70 degrees Fahrenheit they won’t grow and may even die. And if they don’t receive at least 8 hours of sunlight the plant itself won’t grow.

  • Because Iowa’s growing season is not long enough, you have to start your cilantro plants indoors and then move them into a garden.

Because of this, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to transplant cilantro seedlings:

  • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Cilantro, Check Out This GUIDE!


When to Transplant Cilantro

There are two different times you’ll need to transplant cilantro plants.

First, you should transplant your cilantro plants from a peat pot to a larger (5 gallon) gardening container once your cilantro plants get between 3 – 5 inches tall. This will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks after you first plant your cilantro seeds.

The second time you should transplant your cilantro plant is when you move it from indoors to your outdoor garden. You should transplant your cilantro plant into a traditional garden or raised garden 10 – 14 days after the average last frost.

Iowa Frost DAtes

To help ensure the greatest success of your cilantro plant thriving you should:

  • Slowly acclimate your cilantro plant to the outside environment. Move your cilantro plant outside for one hour a day and increase this an hour every day until it can withstand mother nature for 8 straight hours.
  • After transplanting your cilantro plant into your garden provide a thick covering of mulch to help it ward off cold, disease and pests, and better retain water during the summer months.
  • Cover your cilantro plants with burlap or a protective covering if you notice that a late frost may occur to protect it from wilting and dying.

If you want to learn WHEN to start ANY Vegetable Seed in Iowa, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.

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