Cilantro - Slow Bolt (Coriandrum Sativum) Cilantro Non GMO & Organic - Cilantro Herb
Height: 12-18 in
Slow bolt cilantro, scientifically known as "Coriandrum sativum 'Slow Bolt,'" is a variety of the popular culinary herb cilantro, prized for its extended leafy growth before bolting to produce seeds. This particular cultivar is valued by gardeners and chefs alike for its ability to delay the flowering process, which tends to occur quickly in traditional cilantro varieties.
The Latin name, "Coriandrum sativum," identifies it as a member of the Coriandrum genus and the species sativum, indicating its culinary importance. Slow bolt cilantro is characterized by its aromatic, finely divided, bright green leaves, which add a distinctive and fresh flavor to a wide range of dishes, particularly in Latin American, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisines.
Slow bolt cilantro is a preferred choice for gardeners who want to prolong the harvesting period of cilantro leaves. Its slower bolting tendency means that you can enjoy its flavorful foliage for a more extended period before it produces the round, edible coriander seeds that are also utilized in cooking and seasoning.
In culinary applications, Slow bolt cilantro is a versatile herb, lending its unique citrusy, slightly peppery taste to salsas, salads, soups, curries, and many other dishes. Its fresh leaves are a staple ingredient in dishes like guacamole, salsa verde, and Thai curry. This variety of cilantro is favored not only for its culinary appeal but also for its ease of cultivation, making it a valuable addition to herb gardens and kitchen windowsills alike. Tolerates summer heat well and is bolt-resistant.
Growing instructions for Slow Bolt Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum 'Slow Bolt'):
- Slow Bolt Cilantro prefers full sun to partial shade. It thrives in a location that receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
- Plant cilantro in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Cilantro is adaptable to various soil types but performs best in soil with good drainage.
- Sow cilantro seeds directly in the garden or in a container. It's best to plant cilantro seeds about 1/4 to 1/2 inch (6-13 mm) deep.
- Space the seeds or seedlings about 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) apart to allow for proper air circulation.
- Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid waterlogging. Cilantro appreciates regular watering, especially during hot weather.
- Fertilize sparingly, if needed. Too much fertilizer can result in excessive foliage growth at the expense of flavor. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer or compost.
- Apply a layer of mulch around the plants to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.
- Harvest the leaves regularly to encourage continuous growth. Be sure to leave some leaves on the plant to support healthy development.
- Slow Bolt Cilantro is known for its delayed bolting compared to other cilantro varieties, but it may still bolt in hot weather. To prolong leaf production, provide some shade during the hottest part of the day and keep the soil consistently moist.
- To ensure a continuous supply of cilantro leaves, consider sowing new seeds every few weeks throughout the growing season.
- If you wish to collect coriander seeds, allow some plants to bolt and produce flowers. Harvest the seeds once they turn brown and dry.
By following these growing instructions, you can cultivate healthy and flavorful Slow Bolt Cilantro that will enhance the taste of your culinary creations and provide a steady supply of fresh leaves for an extended period.
- Seed count: 1/2 gram