Cliantro is one of those plants that we love to grow and eat in summer,
But it doesn’t really dp that well in summer. So in this post I’m going to show you exactly how to have incredible success with your cilantro.
So we’re going to talk exactly about that. How do you prevent the bolting of cilantro? How do you make sure that if it does bolt. You still know exactly what to do with it. So please like and comment And I will personally prevent your cilantro bolting by 20 days.
I’ll give you a really quick hit on what cilantro seeds look like because they are one of the weirder looking seeds that you’ll ever see. It sort of looks like a little miniature lemon or pumkin or melon or something like that. And they’re very lightweight.
This is definitely one of those plants that I would prefer to direct sow because they don’t take super well to a transplant. And the reason is becaouse it’s got kind of a sensitive taproot and it doesn’t want to be disturbed too much. Much in the same way tou wouldn’t typically transplant I don’t know, carrots or beets or radishes. Not that you can’t, you definitely can, but I would say in general, it’s better idea not to. And that’s really all there is to it. And that’s really all t here is to it as far as germinating. Cilantro is a relative of the parsley family. Unlike parsley it is an annual. The plant originated in southern Europe, North Africa and the western portion of the Asian continent.
The climate of North Africa varies substantially between coastal and inland areas of the region. Along the coast, North Africa has a Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers, with ample rainfall of approximately 400 to 600 mm per year.
You can definitely if you live in hotter climate choose a variety that is slow bolt variety.
Bolting stage :
And then here’s the final stage or close to the final stage when it bolts.
As you can see on the picture, the meaning of bolt when cilantro reaches the end of it’s life it starts to flower, and it’s great if you want more bees in your garden because bees loves cliantro flowers becaouse it provides a patch or support for them to handle their body weight.
And as I said cliantro doesn’t like very hot summer, but it can definetly handle them, if temperatures get consistently above 80 degrees Fahrenheit or receives a ton of light and heat throughout the day, that’s its natural response. You can’t do too too much to prevent that, but there’s a lot of things you can do to mitigate and work around that. The first of course, being just growing it in the seasons that it perfroms well.So spring, fall those shoulder seasons into summer and leaving summer, it can work really, really well in. You can also just plant it in an area that does get a bit of partial sun, even if it is in the summer.
And harvesting the cliantro is very easy, you just take a big chunck from the bottom 2 inches.
But now we are going to talk about why itsn’t that bad if the cliantro bolts.
Cliantroes is good for pollinatores, So before it starts to flower, we see these little balls right here,
So these little balls right here, these are young, fresh coriander. You could eat them just like this, or you could let them dry and grind them up as a spicie or use them to start more cilantro.
Of course some of this dislike may come down to simple preference, but for those cilantro-haters for whom the plant tastes like soap, the issue is genetic. These people have a variation in a group of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to strongly perceive the soapy-flavored aldehydes in cilantro leaves.