Cut coriander properly for a bountiful harvest

Cut coriander properly for a bountiful harvest

Regular pruning delays the bloom - this is how it works

After the hand-grown or pre-purchased coriander plants have grown in the bed, they vehemently strive to flower. Let nature run wild and the delicate coriander leaves will be harvested in June. Targeted cutting will delay flowering and the resulting negative change in taste until July / August:

  • Cut off whole shoots close to the ground with a sharp knife
  • harvest individual leaves from top to bottom with scissors
  • Immediately cut out each shoot tip with a bud or flower

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  • Coriander harvesting properly requires caution - this is how it works

Use only freshly sharpened and carefully disinfected cutting tools. This caution prevents lurking fungal spores, viruses and pests from having any chance of attacking a coriander plant.

Do not cut coriander from July onwards for lush seed heads

If you have a harvest of spicy coriander grains in mind, the plant can bloom from mid / end of July. This paves the way for numerous, spherical fruits. However, you can only achieve this goal if no more shoots are cut. There is no need to harvest individual leaves as the taste is now extremely bitter.

Always cut off the seed heads whole

From August, experienced hobby gardeners keep an eye on the coriander plants. Here the fruits develop with numerous seeds. So that they do not split open prematurely and the seeds spread uncontrollably in the bed, they are cut early. When the seed heads turn light brown, harvest can begin. Suspended on a string or spread out in a sunny, dry place, the grains ripen calmly.

When coriander seeds turn dark brown, they are ripe. Safely stored in a dark, airtight container, they wait to be used as a unique seasoning for dishes.

Tips & Tricks

After cutting coriander, does it pile up more leaves than you can use in the kitchen? Then you can preserve the harvest surplus by drying, freezing or soaking in olive oil. In addition, strong shoot tips are wonderfully suitable for propagation by cuttings.