Cilantro – A Failure

IMG_20150505_204511263Coriander (UK /ˌkɒrɪˈændə/;[1] US /ˈkɔːriˌændər/ or /ˌkɔːriˈændər/;[2] Coriandrum sativum), also known as cilantro (/sɪˈlɑːntr/),[3] Chinese parsley or dhania,[4] is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Coriander is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft plant growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems. The flowers are borne in small umbels, white or very pale pink, asymmetrical, with the petals pointing away from the centre of the umbel longer (5–6 mm or 0.20–0.24 in) than those pointing toward it (only 1–3 mm or 0.039–0.118 in long). The fruit is a globular, dry schizocarp 3–5 mm (0.12–0.20 in) in diameter. Although sometimes eaten alone, the seeds are often used as a spice or an added ingredient in other foods.” – wikipedia

Cilantro grows best in the cool weather of the spring and fall.  We bought this little guy above a few weeks ago.  We love cilantro in our tacos and other Mexican style dishes.  We knew that the plant enjoyed a cooler shaded area.  Because of this, I had hoped that utilizing my indoor growing environment with controlled moisture and grow lights would help grow more and more cilantro.

As time progressed our little hope in the cilantro plant became just that.  I’m sad to say that we’ve lost the cilantro.  :(


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