Gardening Questions And Answers
Identifying Cilantro Powdery Mildew White, fluffy growth on the leaves of a cilantro plant signify an outbreak of a fungus, powdery mildew. Powdery mildew of cilantro is unlikely to kill the plant but does make it less productive and the leaves can develop an “off” flavor. The fungus appears on leaves and stems.
If cilantro turns yellow (or brown) often this is a sign of stress because of a lack of sun, over watering causing root rot or as a result of too much nitrogen due to fertilizers or not enough nutrients in the soil. Cilantro prefers full sun in cooler climates or morning sun followed by afternoon […]
It’s best to repot your garden-center cilantro only once after bringing it home, then keep the plant in that container for the rest of its life. Seed-grown cilantro can transition from your seed-starting pot to its permanent home pot. Because cilantro is an annual, mature plants should never need repotting.
Cilantro grows best in cool, moist conditions and will bolt rapidly in hot weather. This a survival mechanism for the cilantro plant. The plant knows that it will die in hot weather and will try to produce seeds as quickly as possible to ensure that the next generation of cilantro will survive and grow.
Water in well. Maintain consistently moist soil throughout the germination period of 7-10 days. Plan to reseed cilantro every two to three weeks from early spring through early fall to ensure a continuous crop. If you do choose to start seeds indoors, cilantro plants should be spaced 6-8 inches apart.
Insert the cuttings, spaced about three inches apart, into well-draining potting compost, then position in a partially sunny spot. Keep the soil moist, and after a few weeks your cuttings should have rooted and they can be grown on like regular plants. Alternatively, you can place stem cuttings into a glass of water.
Companion Planting with Cilantro Cilantro may be reseeded in late summer for autumn fragrance and pest control. Leaves of cilantro that become infested with bugs should be discarded. Parasitoid wasps and hover flies are just two of the beneficial insects attracted to the garden with cilantro for companion planting.
Thorough watering is more important than frequent watering when growing cilantro inside. Water the plants until the water comes out the drainage holes. Check the soil frequently; cilantro growing indoors should only be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. This will be more often in the summer months.
Grow cilantro in an area that receives full sun and has rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.2 to 6.8. Offer afternoon shade if you live in a warmer climate. Improve native soil by mixing in several inches of aged compost or other rich organic matter. For growing in containers, consider a premium bagged […]
Typically watering your cilantro once or twice per week is best practice to prevent wilting. However during drought or a heat wave you may have to water at least 3 times a week and perhaps every day to keep the cilantro hydrated. Ensure that your potting mix has plenty of compost to help retain moisture.