I'm new to the newsgroup and I'm hoping to find some advice about my
cilantro. I have a good looking plant going in my garden in afternoon sun,
but the leaves are wispy and thin, not full and hearty like cilantro I buy
at the supermarket. Am I supposed to pinch off the little flowers that form
(which is what I've been doing)? How can I get those full leaves growing?
Thanks for any help,
Too late. Your plants have 'bolted' - changed their form
and produced flowers with the ultimate goal of producing
seeds. It's a one-way street, they can't go back.
Cilantro does this VERY quickly.
You can buy 'slow-bolt' cilantro seeds from Pinetree Gardens
(and probably other places) or you can just cut your
cilantro as soon as it looks like cilantro....
It may not bolt as quickly in cooler (spring/fall)
temperatures, although I'm not sure of this.
You need to re-seed every few weeks, or try to keep the plant cool,
which is what keeps big leaves.
Cilantro has become a 'welcome weed' around my area. The seeds that
fell survived an extremely harsh winter and came back in the
springtime. I would keep the flowers and let the plant re-seed and
eventually naturalize to your own soil conditions.
The flowers also attract beneficial aphid-eating insects such as
hover-flys (although it's hilarious seeing a bumblebee land on the
flowers...he practically bends a 2 ft tall plant halfway to the ground
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