Get a Head Start on Your Cilantro

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ChrisMcLaughlin Chris McLaughlin, contributor
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Try planting cilantro seed in the fall.
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Cilantro has a reputation for bolting quickly.
 
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Try planting cilantro seed in the fall.
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Try planting cilantro seed in the fall.

Photo by yoppy under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.


I love cilantro in the garden, but it's the fastest bolting herb that I've ever come across. They key is to enjoy it while the weather is cool. Cilantro is such a loose cannon that if you even blush next to it - it flowers.

Of course, we don't want flowers because we want to harvest cilantro leaves and flowers signal the end of the life cycle for the plant. So, we pinch deep into the stalk trying to ward off the inevitable.

Usually, we gardeners are bustling in early spring to get the cilantro out there so we have some decent harvest while the air stays cool. But, here's another way to tackle the cilantro battle. Plant your cilantro seeds (coriander) in the fall like late October or November.

No, you won't have this refreshing herb through the winter; instead the seeds will lie dormant until springtime (in most areas). Having the seeds in the ground during the winter will give you a head start and a longer cilantro harvesting time as the seedlings will come up as early as they possibly can.


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Comments (5)

Eritacey writes: Planting is my leisure activity
Posted: 4:30 am on August 11th
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Posted: 2:45 am on July 13th
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Posted: 6:02 am on December 18th
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