Herbs forum: Wilting cilantro

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Sep 27, 2017 8:15 PM CST
I got a some young cilantro plants at a farmer's market a few weeks ago and they've been doing fine on my window sill. Today I noticed they were all wilting over. My dad told me that cilantro has a short life span and once harvested, the plant is done with and new seeds need to be planted. Is this true? Is there a way to make my cilantro last longer? The plants are still relatively young so I wouldn't say they are ready to harvest yet. Any tips you have on cilantro would be much appreciated!!
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Sep 27, 2017 8:41 PM CST
I don't know why your plant was wilting. Where did you have it, and how often did you water? Cilantro is usually quick to try to bolt or go to seed. I normally cut the flowering parts off, and keep clipping it and can keep it going for quite a while. Sowing new seeds every few weeks is another way to always have it with no fuss. The seeds sprout quickly and easily.
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Sep 27, 2017 9:07 PM CST
Cilantro is an annual. Your Dad was right, it is short lived. And Karen is right also. Don't wait to harvest it. Use it by trimming it throughout the season.

It doesn't like warm/hot. I don't know where you are located but I have just started seedlings to grow overwinter outdoors. When it gets hot here, it will bolt.

Perhaps your plants are receiving too much warmth in the window?

Another thought would be if they are still in pots that are too small, perhaps they need to be potted up so they don't dry out too quickly.

Good luck with it. Please keep us posted and Welcome!
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Sep 28, 2017 8:38 AM CST
Sounds good. Thank you both!!
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Mar 1, 2018 4:34 PM CST
Isabella63, just a thought. Cilantro does not transplant very well, and usually takes awhile to settle in. Cheers!

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