I have some chives growing and cilantro.
My question, the chives has been flowering, what is the best way to
maintain these? Should I cut back the flowers? The same question for
Cut the chives and eat hearty! You can eat the flowers too, if you want to.
If your cilantro has flowered it is too late for the plant. Flowering
means the plant has bolted and the leaves are useless. Before you
noticed flowers on the cilantro, did it develop a long central stem and
very very ferny leaves? Yep, it's bolted. All is not lost, though. Watch
the blooms closely. When the flowers drop green seed pods will form.
When the pods begin to turn brown, cut the seed clusters off into a
paper bag and allow them to fully mature and drop off the clusters. You
will then have coriander.
Like other flowers, the chive flowers will look old pretty soon, and you may
have too many of them to clip off one at a time. So, chop down half the
plant, including the flowerless parts that you eat. Or, chop the whole thing
if you don't think you'll need any chives for a few days. You'll get fresh
growth in a matter of days, but no flowers again until next year.
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