cilantro - Knowledgebase Question

Peoria, Il
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Question by meowcats54
January 3, 2011
I have bought plants. Started them inside then when warm outside. They don't last long. How long is cilantro suppose to last. Also when everything dried there were tiny seeds? at the top of the stems. Can these be used to start a new plant? How many do I plant for a 6-8 inch pot?

Answer from NGA
January 3, 2011
Cilantro is an annual herb, a member of the parsley family. The seed is generally sown in cool spring temperatures for a summer crop, or as summer wanes for a fall crop. For good quality cilantro, harvest foliage prior to the formation of flowers. When the plant sets blossoms, foliage quality declines. Since yours has bloomed, you can leave the flowers on until the plant dies and then harvest the seeds (the seeds are the spice called coriander!). Grind the seeds to use in the kitchen, or save some to plant in August for a fall crop of cilantro. You can sow seeds about 2 inches apart in your 6" pot and you'll end up with a full pot of plants. Enjoy!

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