Planting Instructions for Cumin Herb Seeds

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Cumin Planting and Care Guide

Quick Facts About Cumin

Cumin is in the parsley family, and it is grown for the seed which is a popular pungent spice used around the world.

Planting Time

Cumin needs a long growing season to produce the seeds for harvesting. In most climates, it does best being started indoors 4 - 6 weeks prior to the last frost. Cumin plants are not tolerant of frosts, so transplant the seedlings out into the garden once frost danger has past. In warm climates, Cumin seeds can be started directly outdoors.

Planting Location

Cumin plants need full sun. Choose a well-drained sandy loam for the best growing conditions. The herb plants will tolerate rich soils as well.

How to Plant Cumin

  • Soak the seeds for 8 - 10 hours to help break down the seed outer coat
  • Sow the Cumin seeds in trays for transplanting out later
  • Work the garden soil 8 inches
  • Add compost to help with drainage
  • Sow the seeds directly or transplant seedlings started indoors
  • If sowing directly, plant the herb seeds 3 - 4 at a time, every 4 - 8 inches
  • Allow 24 inches between rows
  • Once seedlings are 2 inches, thin to 1 plant every 4 - 8 inches

Care And Maintenance

  • Cumin plants need 4 months of warm sunshine in order to grow and go to seed
  • Irrigate regularly but allow to dry out between irrigations
  • Harvest can take place once the plants are in full bloom
  • As late in the season as possible, cut the flower heads and take them indoors to dry and remove the seeds
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