The Q&A Archives: Cilantro Help

Question: I have been trying to grow cilantro, to no avail. I've tried buying seeds and starting from buying well-started plants. I just bought two cilantro plants from my local HD. They were beautiful, green and full when I purchased them. A week later, and they are thinning out and looking pitiful, light-green. I have read several resources that suggest full sun and well-drained soil. Any suggestions on what I might be doing, or could do to get these things going. My husband and I love to cook with cilantro! Thanks!

Answer: Cilantro is Coriander, an annual herb that grows in full sunshine and average garden soil. As an annual, it it will develop flowers and set seed, and then die. You can prolong the life of the plant by regularly cutting or harvesting the leaves. What I've discovered with cilantro is no matter what you do to prolong its life, it only survives for 6-8 weeks. In order to have a ready supply of the leaves, plant your seeds at 2-week intervals. This way you will always have fresh cilantro.


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