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Bolting Cilantro - Why Cilantro Bolt and How to Stop It

Cilantro bolting is one of the most frustrating things about this popular herb. Many gardeners ask, "Why screw cilantro?" And "How can I keep coriander out of bloom?" By paying attention to the environment that you grow cilantro in, you can help lengthen the amount of time before cilantro will bolt and therefore increase amount of time you can harvest leaves from your cilantro plants.

What to do if Cilantro screws

Many gardeners wonder what to do when screwing cilantro. When you see the white coriander flowers, you wonder if you can just cut them off. Unfortunately, the leaves quickly lose their taste after the coriander is blown. Cut out the coriander flowers so as not to bring the flavor back into the leaves.

Instead, go ahead and let the coriander flower seeds go. The seeds of the coriander plant are spiced coriander and can be used in Asian, Indian, Mexican, and many other ethnic recipes.

Why is Cilantro blowing?

Cilantro grows best in cool, damp conditions and will bolt quickly in hot weather. This is a survival mechanism for the coriander plant. The plant knows it will die in hot weather and will try to produce seeds as soon as possible to ensure that the next generation of cilantro will survive and grow.

How to keep Cilantro from screwing

The first thing to understand is that there is no real way to keep the cilantro from shooting. Plants are designed to do one thing and to reproduce. You fight against nature. But there are a few things you can do to significantly increase the time before the cilantro plant produces flowers.

  • First, if you live in a climate without damp, cool weather, you can buy slow-bolt cilantro. This is coriander that was bred to withstand higher temperatures.
  • Second, no matter what type of cilantro you are growing, you should practice successor planting. This is where you plant new seeds every week or two so that when a number of cilantro growing areas begin, the next batch will be ready to harvest.
  • Third, plant cilantro to grow in cold weather. Early spring, late summer, and early fall are the best times to plant coriander. If you plant in late spring through mid summer, your cilantro will melt quickly in the heat.
  • Fourth, harvest your coriander leaves frequently. The more you harvest your cilantro, the more likely you will become immature, flowering stems that will delay the cilantro's flowering.
  • Fifth, mulch cilantro and plant it firmly. It's not the heat of the air that melts cilantro, but the heat of the soil. Mulch helps keep the soil cool and helps retain moisture. Planting cilantro densely will shade the soil it grows in, which will also help keep the soil cooler.