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Cumin Seeds

Botanical - Cuminum cyminum

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115 Seeds
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115 Seeds.

Other Names - Cummin…

Cumin is a member of the parsley family and is grown mostly for its spicy seeds. The mild tangy young leaves however can also be eaten, added to salads and stir-fries etc. This very old herb with its dainty white attractive flowers is one of the main ingredient found in curry pastes and powders. A rewarding herb to grow with seeds that can be stored for a long time. Suitable for growing in containers.

  • Nutty-peppery flavoured seeds, excellent in chilli con carne.
  • Leaves can be eaten raw in salads.
  • Must be sown early as it needs a long growing season.

Suitable For - Containers, greenhouse, conservatory, polytunnel, raised beds, herb garden, window sill

Sowing Months - February - April

Harvest - September - October

Uses - Aromatic seeds for flavouring.


Soil Preperation

Add some well rotted manure or compost to the soil a few weeks before sowing. If the soil is heavy clay or the drainage is poor mix in a generous amount of sand and gravel to the soil also. Remove any weeds from the area.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type   Distance between plants 30 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 30 cm
Average height 20 - 45 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 30 cm Sowing distance between plants N/A
Hardiness Half hardy Distance between rows N/A
Overwintering No Sowing depth 3 mm
Soil Ph   Germination temperature 16 to 22℃
Soil condition Rich, fertile, moist, well drained soil RHS Bee friendly No
RHS Award winner No Days to germination 7 - 24 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 6 seeds on the surface of moist compost in modules or 7 cm pots.
Lightly cover with fine compost or vermiculite.
Place in a propagator or clear polythene bag and seal. Germinate at the temperature suggested above.
When the seedling start to appear remove from the propagator or bag and place in a cooler but not cold location with good daylight exposure however protect from direct exposure with hot sun at this point. Protect from frost.
Thin each module or pot to 4 strong seedlings.
Grow on in a frost free greenhouse until the plants are growing strong.
Plant out when all risk of frost has passed. Fleece if the weather is cold.
Harden off over 15 - 20 days before planting out.

Direct Sowing

Seeds are best started undercover.


Growing On

Water the young plants well until established.
Cumin plants need a long growing season to produce it's seeds and is best sown early.
Water the plants frequently in dry weather.


Harvesting

The seeds will be ready to harvest in autumn after the flower petals have fallen off and the seed pods start to turn brown.
To dry, cut the stems and place 6 - 8 pods in a paper bag.
Tie the bag closed and hang upside down in a dry, warm location with good ventilation.
When the pods are fully dry rub the paper bag or lightly tap and shake to release the seeds.
Ensure the seeds are completely dry before storing in an airtight container.

TIP

Not only is cumin good for it's seeds, the tasty leaves can also be eaten throughout the summer months.

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