Coriander slow bolt
The Fruitful Potager
An annual with a flavour that is either loved or hated. According to James Wong in his book Grow for Flavour studies have shown that which side of the love/hate divide your on depends on whether you have a certain gene. A majority do not have the gene and so like coriander. Who would've thought! A short lived plant it has a reputation for being tricky to grow but as long as you stick to the 3 following tips you should be fine
1. plant it somewhere cool in the garden - hot conditions indicate to the plant that it's time is nigh and it should start to reproduce before this happens - hence it starts going to seed
2. transfer seedlings while still small - while those big luscious looking plants at some plant centres may make you feel your getting ahead of the game they are really condemning you to a very short and frustrating relationship with coriander. We don't sell our seedlings once over a certain height (we biff them!)
3.Come to terms with the fact that this really is a short term crop and if you have it for 6 to 8 weeks before it goes to seed then you are doing well. Hope it self seeds or just keep buying and planting. Oh and eat the seeds.
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