Cilantro Plants


Zone Plano 75074 Texas | Kennedy Kennerson added on May 19, 2018 | Answered

Hey, I was wondering why there are holes and black dots on my cilantro.... is it bugs? Or too much sun? I live in Texas so I thought maybe it might be too warm rn.

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Answered on May 19, 2018

It looks like you have caterpillar activity. The black dots are called frass which is simply put, poop of bug larvae like caterpillars. BT is a biological control if you can't find the munching critter or if there seem to be large numbers of them. Or you can hit the plant with a blast of water to knock them off. Often damage lasts a couple of weeks and isn't significant. Cilantro likes cool conditions and it looks like you have it in a metal container. Metal heats up in the sun so much it can damage roots. You might enclose the container in aluminum foil to reflect the sun/heat. Provide cilantro with afternoon shade and consistenly moist soil to prevent it from bolting in the heat. In August, start some more for a fall crop.

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