Growing and Saving the Seed Of Cumin
Latin name Cuminum cyminum is an annual member of the Apiaceae, or carrot, family. The seeds of the cumin plant are popular in a range of cuisines, from the Middle East to Mexico and Asia. This annual grows best in USDA zones 5-10; plants prefer a hot summer.
Native to the regions of the Mediterranean and northern Africa. Cumin has been a popular spice among ancient Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Chinese civilizations for thousands of years.
- The seeds have many culinary uses.
- Seeds germinate in 7-14 days.
- Plant 1/4-1/2 inch deep.
- If you live in an area with long, hot summers, you can direct seed after soil has reliably warmed past 60 F.
- In shorter season regions, start indoors and transplant after soil has warmed to 60 F.
- Ideal germination temperature is 65-70 F.
- Prefers full sun and hot weather.
- Provide average to rich, well-drained soil.
- Space plants 4-6 inches apart.
- A relatively pest-free plant, it can sometimes be affected by root rot and powdery mildew. Avoid these by not over watering and giving the plants good air circulation.
- Allow seed heads to turn brown and dry; seeds will easily release when shaken over a bag.
- Store seeds in a cool, dark dry place over winter.