One of the most popular fresh herbs, this cilantro is fast-growing and slow to bolt, so you can harvest later into the season. Its unmistakable sharp scent and taste have made it the staple herb in salsa and other Mexican dishes. Seeds add fresh, spicy flavor. Grows best in cool weather.
Pinch back young plants an inch or so to encourage fuller, bushier plants.
Snip off the top part of the main stem as soon as it appears to be developing flower buds or seedpods.
Cilantro has a short life cycle and bolts quickly (develops seed) in hot weather.
Once it sets seeds, the plant quickly starts to degrade.
Plant this annual herb in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Harvest when leaves are young and tender.