cilantro lifespan

cloverhouseMarch 8, 2010

I have a cilantro question I hope someone can help with: I was just out looking around in my garden and it looks like my cilantro plants from last summer are still alive and growing. They've been under snowcover for months, but we've had a thaw in the last few days that's uncovered them. I know this happens with parsley, but is cilantro a biennial?

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Coriander (cilantro) is an annual, and a very short-lived one at that. In a warm or hot climate, its entire life-span can be as short as two weeks - which is why successive plantings are advised for a constant supply of leaves before it bolts.

I suggest the plants you see have germinated from dropped seeds from last year's plants. Such short-lived plants grow at a rate of knots!

    Bookmark   March 8, 2010 at 6:10PM
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Cilantros in my zone can overwinter like parsley, IFF they had benn planted in the fall not in the spring.
The spring planted ones will bolt, f.l.o.w.e.r and grow seeds.
Maybe in zone 6,where you are, they never bolt. They like real COOL weather, just like parsley.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2010 at 8:38PM
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Mine are still alive from last fall. If it's cool enough they will live. They bolt when it gets warm.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 1:09PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

They are fun to see in the winter since they stay green under the snow unlike so many other things.

What I usually see is that late-planted/self-sown cilantro will survive the winter to die without bolting when the weather warms in the Spring. But whether they bolt or not, I would not expect much from them come spring. Expect to plant new cilantro.


    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 2:18PM
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karen_b(6a s.c. PA)

Cloverhouse, I have the same thing in my garden. Though the cilantro is matted down from the weight of 3 ft of snow for over a month. I really don't expect anything to come from them, but it will be interesting to watch.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2010 at 10:14PM
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