When a home smells good, it makes a favorable impression on visitors. The concept of ambient fragrancing started to trickle into the real estate market years ago, and savvy real estate agents advised sellers to bake cookies or cinnamon rolls in the homes they were showing. The essential oils used in the practice of aromatherapy offer a more practical and potent way to use scent marketing to move buyers to feel good about a property. Tiny amounts of familiar, tempting aromas like cinnamon, clove, vanilla and orange can fill a whole house with pleasant fragrance.
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Cilantro is a cool-weather plant, so it does best when planted in spring or fall. Planting from seed requires a few extra steps: first, the outer hull holding two seeds together must be gently crushed and removed. Next, soak the seeds in water for 24-48 hours, and then let the seeds dry. Now you’re ready to plant.
If you’re planning to start seeds inside and then transplant, cover seeds with about 1/4 inch of soil, then allow the cilantro to grow about 2 inches before thinning the plants to about 3-4 inches apart. Then transplant cilantro seedlings 3-4 inches apart outside and water thoroughly.
Cilantro doesn’t like heat, and if the soil gets too warm, the cilantro will bolt and go to seed. Cool, but sunny, conditions are cilantro’s best friend.
Prune your cilantro frequently and harvest regularly to get the most from your cilantro plant. Plant new seeds about every six weeks throughout the growing season. After your plant bolts, let it go to seed and you will likely have new cilantro next year. You can also collect the seeds and crush them for cooking or baking.
-- Meagan Francis, HGTV.com