Coriander, Cilantro

Coriander

Harvest Season:  Spring, summer

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Height: 8" - 10"

Width: 6" - 8"

Exposure: Sun

General Information: 

Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a popular herb used in various cuisines around the world. Its distinctive flavor and aroma make it a favorite ingredient in dishes such as salsa, guacamole, and curries. 

Cilantro thrives in cool weather, so it is best to plant it in a location that receives partial shade. Direct sunlight can cause the plant to bolt, or go to seed, prematurely. Additionally, cilantro prefers well-drained soil with a pH level between 6.2 and 6.8.

Cilantro requires consistent moisture to thrive. Water the plants regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist. Be careful not to overwater, as cilantro is susceptible to root rot. Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture and prevent weed growth.

Cilantro leaves can be harvested once the plants reach a height of 6 to 8 inches. Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut the outer leaves, leaving the inner leaves to continue growing. Regular harvesting will encourage the plant to produce more leaves.

Cilantro has a tendency to bolt in hot weather, which causes the leaves to become bitter. To prevent bolting, provide shade during the hottest part of the day and keep the soil consistently moist. Planting cilantro in early spring or late summer can also help extend the growing season. 

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