Inspired by User 23550's answer on this question in Seasoned Advice, where they suggested:
Instead of drying the cilantro, why not just plant the other half in good potting mix? You won't have to run to the store for fresh then. It grows quickly too!
Now, I have tried to grow a small herb garden in my house a few times over the years from seeds. Apparently I have the black thumb of death because all I end up with is a nice pot of dirt. The house I live in has a great south facing window which is also shaded in the afternoon (just enough to not fry plants - or maybe by store bought plants are just hardier) it is in this spot that I tried to grow my herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, cilantro, and chives) but I couldn't get it to take.
This brings me to User 23550 - would her suggestion to "plant the other half" in potting mix work for other herbs? Is there a need to try and stimulate root growth using a damp paper towel before doing so?