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Post  KYTraci on 6/11/2014, 10:55 am

This is my first time with any type of garden. I have been trying to figure out cilantro and growing seeds. I have been picking any flowers that I see but if I want to do try growing seeds in order to use for planting later how do I do this? I have tried searching but I can't find much info on google. 

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Post  rabbithutch on 6/11/2014, 11:45 am

Cilantro is the name applied to the leaf and coriander is the name applied to the seed of this plant.  If you let the plant go to seed, you will find little seeds that are about an eighth of an inch in diameter and mostly round.  I haven't done this since I lived in NC, but I had no trouble getting the plants to go to seed there.

As for pinching off the flowers, I have no idea what that accomplishes other than preventing it going to seed.  Where did you learn to do that and what is the purpose?
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Post  KYTraci on 6/11/2014, 11:56 am

I have talked with friends that grown cilantro and they said remove the flowers to prevent the seeds from growing. Is this not correct?
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Post  rabbithutch on 6/11/2014, 12:07 pm

KYTraci wrote:I have talked with friends that grown cilantro and they said remove the flowers to prevent the seeds from growing. Is this not correct?

Yes, that will prevent them from going to seed.  I thought, however, that you were interested in collecting seed from your plants to use in a future growing season.  Did I misunderstand?  (My wife says I almost always do  Rolling Eyes )

If you are interested in harvesting seed, don't pinch the flowers off; but pinch them off if you want the plants to continue to leaf until they lose their vigor.
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Post  Boz on 6/11/2014, 12:40 pm

In my experience once coriander decides to flower the leaves lose their taste. 
If you want the leaves, I would pull up the ones you have and replant younger plants. 
If you eat the flowers then harvest the flowers.
If you want the seeds leave the plant alone and collect the seeds.
This post should get you some detailed help
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Post  KYTraci on 6/11/2014, 5:01 pm

rabbithutch wrote:
KYTraci wrote:I have talked with friends that grown cilantro and they said remove the flowers to prevent the seeds from growing. Is this not correct?

Yes, that will prevent them from going to seed.  I thought, however, that you were interested in collecting seed from your plants to use in a future growing season.  Did I misunderstand?  (My wife says I almost always do  Rolling Eyes )

If you are interested in harvesting seed, don't pinch the flowers off; but pinch them off if you want the plants to continue to leaf until they lose their vigor.
 Can you allow them to go to seed while still harvesting? Someone told me that the flowers will change the taste of the cilantro. You didn't misunderstand, I'm probably not explaining it correctly.
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Post  KYTraci on 6/11/2014, 5:02 pm

Boz wrote:In my experience once coriander decides to flower the leaves lose their taste. 
If you want the leaves, I would pull up the ones you have and replant younger plants. 
If you eat the flowers then harvest the flowers.
If you want the seeds leave the plant alone and collect the seeds.
This post should get you some detailed help
Thanks!! This does help.
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Post  walshevak on 6/12/2014, 8:45 am

I planted a pot of cilantro every other month to get leaves through out the summer and let the first two pots go to seed for the following year.  The coriander seeds are a spice I've seen in recipes but never used.  Did this for my son as I don't like the taste of cilantro.

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Post  GWN on 6/12/2014, 10:48 am

I have been growing cilantro from seed for a few years and then towards the end of summer, let them go to seed, now I no longer need to plant them, they are growing wild everywhere ....
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Post  ilvalleygal on 6/12/2014, 11:54 am

I saved some coriander seeds last year for the pantry out of curiosity. They are wonderful to use when cooking. Toss a few in a very hot skillet to let them toast and pop a bit, then add to soups, chilis, stews for an interesting, citrusy flavor. I did not collect all the seed heads, I did leave some to self-sow and that is working well this year too.

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Post  grownsunshine on 6/12/2014, 2:17 pm

Thanks everyone for the great advice! I just hadn't gotten to planting my cilantro yet, but now I plan on growing some for seed and some for cilantro. Thanks! thanks! and ....thanks!

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