Ask a Question forum: Wilted Cilantro, heat or watering issues?

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Honolulu, HI
Jun 22, 2017 4:35 PM CST
Hi, this is my first post!

I'm having a problem with cilantro from Home Depot. I replanted it about a week ago and it was looking great but now it's sad! I've been really careful not to over water. The soil is dry. I'm wondering if it is the heat that is causing it to wilt???
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Name: Sue
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Jun 22, 2017 4:42 PM CST

It looks like it needs water. If it was in a peat-based potting mix the rootball may have got too dry and it won't re-wet easily. You might need to lift it out of the ground and soak the rootball assuming you planted it with the rootball still intact. Was the pot full of roots?
Name: Carol
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Jun 22, 2017 5:00 PM CST
I agree The heat shouldn't bother it unless it wasn't acclimated. It is a popular food/herb in the south west and into Mexico where the heat is bad.
Name: Liz Shaw
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Jun 22, 2017 7:35 PM CST
It does bolt when it gets too hot. But that 's not bolting. Needs water, I'd say.
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Honolulu, HI
Jun 22, 2017 8:12 PM CST

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Thanks, So I went ahead and took it out of the bed and soaked the roots in water. There was some root rot at the bottom. I pruned and loosened the roots and replanted it. Looking much better!
Name: Kristi
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Jun 22, 2017 8:22 PM CST
Good recovery. Don't be surprised if it doesn't like heat. I grow it over winter here as it will bolt (bloom to set seed) in the heat. Of course then you can harvest the seed and use it in cooking as well.
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Honolulu, HI
Jun 22, 2017 9:19 PM CST

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