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to think that those corriander plants you get from supermarkets never survive

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SoniaShoe Thu 09-Jul-15 21:25:13

i keep buying them and try everything and they never last beyond a few days. my latest one has been planted outside i thought i would try a different angle. Has anyone been able to keep them alive??

Cheesychop Thu 09-Jul-15 21:25:58

No! Mine always die too!

magimedi Thu 09-Jul-15 21:27:16

Re pot them into a slightly larger pot, with some decent compost.

Water them with 3 drops of baby bio per litre of water.

Keeps supermarket herbs going for 6/8 weeks.

HiawathaDidntBotherTooMuch Thu 09-Jul-15 21:28:51

Not a coriander one, but I've had about six months out of a supermarket basil before. Basil likes a lot of water.

IvyWall Thu 09-Jul-15 21:28:59

Coriander is a short term herb. It goes to seed so quickly. Basil plants I can keep going for weeks

TheSkiingGardener Thu 09-Jul-15 21:36:13

Coriander's life cycle is short. Grow, flower, seed, die. They sell them in the supermarket ready to use the leaf but hurry up or the plant will move on!

itsmeitscathy Thu 09-Jul-15 21:42:04

aaaah that's where I'm going wrong then! basil works though, im good with basil.

SoniaShoe Thu 09-Jul-15 21:42:06

ah that makes sense. i keep the basil going fine. just wish i could have a coriander plan because i use it so much. going to try the planting out with baby bio.

its good to know its not just me!

QuizteamBleakley Thu 09-Jul-15 21:44:10

I buy it on the day i want to use it and then finely chop the rest of the plant and whack it in the freezer.
Basil is immortal, no?

SoniaShoe Thu 09-Jul-15 21:47:02

do you freeze it in oil quiz or just on its own?

mousmous Thu 09-Jul-15 21:49:18

those pots are just for storage. keeps herbs fresher than a fridge.

if you want to grow them, look up what the plants really need, get a pot and seeds and go from there.

wishingchair Thu 09-Jul-15 21:49:45

Waitrose do bags of chopped frozen coriander. They're brilliant - just take what I need when I need it- still really flavoursome too and more cost effective than the endless bags/plants I've ended up checking out in the past.

SoniaShoe Thu 09-Jul-15 21:51:51

i've definitely wasted too much of my life trying to actually grow them.

but the basil does work!

love the frozen idea.

hiddenhome Thu 09-Jul-15 22:01:02

We plant our pots of parsley and thyme outside and they always survive.

murmuration Thu 09-Jul-15 22:06:08

Mine survived outside until the hedgehogs ate it! You need to harvest frequently, otherwise it will bolt (go to seed) and die. If you start getting long skinny stalks instead of the shorter leafy ones that's happening and there's not much to do from that point. Just wait and collect your corriander seeds smile When you harvest leaves, take the top bits of any stalks, but leave some leaves below, so that stalk keeps producing more leaves.

42andcounting Thu 09-Jul-15 22:07:39

I've grown coriander from seeds this year, just with a bit of compost in a yogurt sized pot, move to bigger pot when they're about six weeks old, put outside for a few hours a day for about a week to harden off, then outside for good. I've not fed them, just watered daily in dry weather and have the biggest healthiest coriander plant I've ever seen smile

Luckyluc Thu 09-Jul-15 22:09:01

You could try changing the soil and getting it to the right ph

itsmeitscathy Thu 09-Jul-15 23:50:32

sainsburys do all sorts of frozen herbs tio - they're fab. but I love chuckimg a handful of fresh herbs on too

houseHuntinginmanchester Thu 09-Jul-15 23:57:39

Buy three bundles for a pound from Asian supermarkets.

I stand mine up in a jug of water and put in the fridge. It lasts a good while.

TheWintersmith Fri 10-Jul-15 00:00:02

Even I the right conditions in the garden it bolts and dies. You need a big packet of seed and sow some every couple of weeks In the summer. Freeze what you don't use.

Osmiornica Fri 10-Jul-15 00:08:05

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EBearhug Fri 10-Jul-15 00:09:36

Hedgehogs ate coriander?

I've planted supermarket marjoram, thyme, mint, parsley and chives all outside, and they've survived. Parsley's only biennial anyway, and coriander is an annual, so they're not going to live forever.

crossparsley Fri 10-Jul-15 00:21:51

Years ago I popped one into the fridge door (where the milk lives) on a whim. It lasted for well over a month and seemed quite happy, weirdly. In the end it went to seed, literally, lots of seeds and no leaves. Maybe we had invisible fridge bees.

Try the fridge door?

lunalelle Fri 10-Jul-15 03:17:45

I try to grow coriander all the time, but it always dies too! I have a Mexican DH so we get through a fair bit smile)

NorksAreMessy Fri 10-Jul-15 03:24:16


Coriander tastes disgusting and whoever tricked us into thinking it was a food was a sadist.

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