Cilantro growing high - what should I do? - Knowledgebase Question

Littleton, Co
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Question by davebolen
June 18, 2009
My cilantro is about 2 feet high with very, very thin leaves. What should I do? When it was a small plant it produced great leaves that were excellent for spicing up dinners.

Any recommendations?

Answer from NGA
June 18, 2009
Although cliantro will grow in partial sun it sounds as though yours is really reaching for the light and that's why it has become leggy. It should be in full sunshine. When it receives adequate light it will remain short and stocky. It's also a good idea to continually harvest the leaves by cutting the plant back. This, too, will keep the stems short and the plant productive. Cilantro is a short lived annual plant that quickly blooms and goes to seed once the weather turns warm so harvest the leaves now (they may not look pretty but they will have the same flavor). You can replant or safe some of the seeds and sow them in your garden.

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