Cumin from Seed
Answered by: Ginny
Question from: Hossein
Posted on: October 22, 2012

How do I prepare for planting cumin and other details---how deep, how much water, etc?

Cumin is a wonderful plant to grow that produces amazing seeds for cooking. You should start the seeds indoors, 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Sow them in a flat with soil-less media. Cover them with about 1/4 inch of soil. Tamp down and water gently. Keep the media moist until the seeds germinate in 1 to 2 weeks. Then, ease up in the watering a bit and allow the seedlings to grow. Prick them out when they have true leaves and plant in to pots to grow on. When they are sturdy, they can be hardened off and transplanted in to your garden. The plants prefer a sunny site. They can tolerate somewhat poor soils, and dry conditions. In fact, Cumin seed is known to intensify in aroma and taste when nutrient deprived. As the plants grow and mature, they will produce the seeds for you.

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