Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How to Stop Coriander from Bolting

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How to Stop Coriander from Bolting

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CORIANDER is prone to bolting, or running to seed, in hot weather.

In prolonged dry spells, the plant will try to produce seeds rapidly to ensure the next generation survives - and it can also bolt if its roots are disturbed.

If it bolts, producing small white flowers, the leaves become flavourless - fine if you want to use the seeds in cooking, but not if you need the fragrant leaves.

Luckily, a new trial by Which? Gardening magazine has tested a range of techniques traditionally used to grow this popular herb successfully.

1 GROWING IN POTS Suggested solutions include growing it in pots to avoid root disturbance. But in control pots, which had no special treatment, the coriander bolted after just one harvest, as did the pots that were cut at 10cm to harvest them more regularly.

2 MULCHED WITH GRASS CLIPPINGS Those that were mulched with grass clippings, to keep plants cool, bolted after the first cut and grew a lovely selection of weeds to boot. …

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