If you’ve recently planted your garden and your cilantro is growing, you might ask yourself, “Will cilantro grow back after cutting?” Yes. If you trim your plant correctly and take care of it afterwards, you’ll have cilantro to last all season.
In the rest of this article we’ll take a look at some things to remember when harvesting cilantro, different ways to prune your plant, and some other tips to make sure you get the most out of your cilantro.
Tips for Harvesting Cilantro
Here are a few things to remember when harvesting your cilantro:
- Cut your plant about one-third of the way down. You’ll only be using the leafy greens anyhow, so it doesn’t make sense to cut it back any further.
- Cilantro should be harvested about once a week else it will begin to flower. If you don’t use this much cilantro in a week’s time, you can freeze it to use later.
- Don’t cut off all the leaves. Remember to keep some leaves on your plant, as that is how your plant gains its food from the sun.
- Don’t be afraid to cut some stems down to stubble (about 1-inch in length) if you have a larger pot of cilantro. Harvest your cilantro in a circle, like wedges on a pie, to ensure regrowth and not harvesting the same area over and over.
- Make sure you harvest older leaves first and leave the newer leaves for next week’s harvest. This will encourage the plant to continue growing more and more new leaves.
If done in this way, your cilantro plant should last several months before the plant itself begins to weaken and decline. You’ll be able to harvest cilantro from spring through the end of summer.
Cilantro Is a Hearty Plant
While cilantro is a hearty plant, you’ll want to keep it well-watered. Whenever you take a clipping, make sure you water your plant near the soil, as cilantro has deep tap roots that will drink deeply to grow new leaves. Cilantro also needs full sun to flourish well, so be sure to place your pots in a cool, dry, sunny spot.
Cilantro, however, is an annual plant, meaning, you’ll have to replant it every year for your harvest. It is unlikely it will survive in the soil through the winter. If you allow your plant to bolt, however, you can grow your own seeds and keep them until you decide to plant them next season.
Do Not Over-Harvest Your Cilantro
Even though cilantro is hearty and easily grows back, be sure not to over-harvest your cilantro plant. If you use a lot of cilantro in several different dishes, it is best to have many pots of cilantro, or perhaps one giant pot, in order to ensure survival of the plant.
Harvesting more often than once a week will kill your cilantro, so be sure you are frugal when plucking it’s leaves.
However, if you cut and wait a week, and cut and wait another week, what ends up happening is your plant will grow and grow to be even more bushy and leaf-producing. The plant knows when it needs more leaves to feed itself, and the very act of harvesting triggers the plant to grow even more vibrant than when you first began.
You might be excited to harvest your cilantro the moment you see a sprig clear the soil. But be patient. Wait until the plant is somewhat substantial before taking your clippings or else you’ll damage or kill your cilantro.
Do not forget to water your plant often and keep it in direct sunlight. If you do these two things, your plant will flourish. It can sit on your windowsill as it does not need to be outside. Cilantro grows best in cooler weather, so be mindful of the heat of that full sun!
Different Ways to Prune Your Plant
There are a few different ways to prune your cilantro plant. They are as follows:
- You can cut them with a sharp knife. This makes for a clean pruning.
- You can cut them with sharp scissors. As the knife above, scissors will ensure minimal damage to your plant to encourage regrowth.
- You can pinch the leaves off with your fingers. This way of pruning is the least invasive, as you can only pinch off so many leaves at a time, whereas knives and scissors can prune multiple branches at once.
Don’t Be Afraid to Harvest Your Cilantro
If you’re a novice gardener or a well-seasoned one, don’t be afraid to harvest your cilantro. If you keep some leaves on the plant, keep it watered, in direct sunlight, and only harvest the older leaves, your plant will grow back all season long!