Leggy Cilantro

The cilantro is basically harvestable now, which I’m happy about, but it’s rather floppy and leggy.

This photo was taken at the beginning of August. They’ve grown a bit more, but are still pretty floppy and spindly.

Additionally, the marigolds, which are planted next to the cilantro, have weak stems and small flowers.

These plants are in a garden box that my landlord built. He decided to put the box under this large honeysuckle shrub so as to shade it a bit. He was worried that the plants would bolt almost immediately if they got too much sun. I thought he was being excessively cautious about the sunlight, but I’m new to California, so if he says they need shade, I’ll take his word for it.

After seeing how these plants are performing, I wish I’d pushed harder for more sunlight.

Fortunately, the day after I mentioned to him that the cilantro and marigolds might need more sunlight, he moved the garden box!

Keith seems to think the cilantro is already looking better. I don’t notice that much of a difference so far, but hopefully they’ll put on more growth soon. The arugula on the other hand (planted right next to the cilantro), apparently, doesn’t like the extra sunlight…oops…can’t please everyone.

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