Wilting Cilantro - Knowledgebase Question

Sonora, CA
Question by shondam
September 14, 1998
I have a container garden that has different forms of herbs in it including cilantro. This morning the cilantro had all wilted and turned yellow. All the other herbs look healthy and are doing fine. What happened?


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Answer from NGA
September 14, 1998

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Cilantro is one of those annual herbs that keeps growing as long as you keep cutting it back. If it's allowed to flower and go to seed, the plant will die. To complicate matters, Cilantro will bolt if the weather is too warm. It's best to sow seeds at two week intervals and keep the leaves cut back, (or regularly picked off the plant), to prolong the life of your cilantro plants. Try sowing more seeds now - new plants will produce until frost nips the leaves.

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