Herbs forum: Cilantro ? Getting Tall Spindley despite trimming

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Name: Beth
Greenwood, IN (Zone 6a)
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Jun 10, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Hi everyone!

Quick question from a neighbor: Her and a friend grow cilantro from establish (box store bought) plants. They are both having the same issue and since I don't grow my herbs I decide to ask you guys.

Their current situation is that they are tall and spindley despite trimming leaves. What is causing this? What can be done to remedy it or remedy it for the future?

Thanks for the help!
Name: Karen
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Jun 10, 2017 11:14 AM CST
The plants are too mature, and cutting flowering stalks off won't make it grow nice cilantro anymore. I have the same problem in my greenhouse. When they want to flower and die, you just need to plant more seeds to have new young plants. I used to keep cilantro growing all year by sowing seed every 3 or 4 weeks.
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Jun 10, 2017 12:17 PM CST
Also, cilantro, like many herbs, is not a fan of hot weather.
Name: Kristi
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Jun 10, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Group hug I agree, in my experience Cilantro despises the heat. In this zone, I grow it outdoors through winter.

The plants are normally 18 to 24 inches tall and stand taller with blooms.

Your friends' Cilantro may be getting ready to bolt (bloom and go to seed).

When they bloom and form seed, the seed can be harvested to replant or use as coriander in cooking.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Beth
Greenwood, IN (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower Miniature Gardening
Jun 11, 2017 8:15 AM CST
Thank you all for your help. I appreciate it and so does my neighbor.

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