Coriander Plants
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Coriander indoors

Zone London | sanctuas added on April 12, 2015 | Answered

My coriander plant, which I am growing indoors, seems to be a tousled mess. The stems are very long and thin and the leaves are tiny. I didn't grow it from seed. I bought it as a plant about a week ago. I was wondering what I could do to keep it growing healthy and strong with bigger leaves and firmer stem so that it grows upwards rather than into the ground. It was in a smaller plot until yesterday (as it was looking a bit sad and overgrown), so I replanted it into a larger container (very carefully as I know they are sensitive). Should I cut back the stems, harvest it, let it grow or try something else? I hope someone can help!

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on April 12, 2015

It would appear your plant is a bit leggy. I also would recommend a much smaller pot. You are correct that your cilantro does not like to be moved, I think it important to get it into a correct pot size. I would say a 4 or 5 inch pot, with a good draining potting mix.
Then I would carefully trim up your plant. Plenty of sunlight is needed for good success growing cilantro indoors.

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/cilantro/how-to-grow-cilantro-indoors.htm

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sanctuas
Answered on April 13, 2015

Thanks for the tips. It seems to be doing better after I removed some of the yellow leaves so I might leave it in that pot for now. I might trim it up a little more as you suggest. High up the stem near the leaves or quite low down near the base, what would you suggest? Many thanks

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