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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How to kill an herb in less than a week!

OK, someone please tell me what I have done wrong to the Cilantro?
Too much water?
Too much sun?
Too little water?
Not enough sun?
I really thought I would have some fresh herbs this year on hand when cooking.
One day I decided to chalk board these little terracotta planters.
I thought herbs would be a perfect fill.
So far so good on the Basil, but as you can see..Cilantro, not so good.
 yellow?


Basil is doing OK, except I do see a bit of brown on the leaves, is this normal?

Well if nothing else, I sure made some cute chalk  pots!
Update 101:

 Cilantro is GONE!
What in the world did I do wrong?

NEWBIE party still going on
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54 Comments:

Blogger La said...

My thumbs are pretty brown, but I always thought yellow leaves mean too much water. I'm trying to grow some from seeds and they are pretty enemic looking at this point. I will give them a couple weeks to perk up before I go to the nursery and buy some sturdier plants.

Those are some fine looking pots though! :o)

May 18, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Yep, I am guessing too much water as well. It will be okay, just give it some sunshine and love and it'll green right up:)

May 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger ⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

It is gone Erin, it totally died out a few days later??

May 18, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

I feel your pain ~ but no advice.

May 18, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Pattie said...

Debbie, I would like to think that I have a green thumb, everything grows beautifully outside, But the min. I bring it inside. So don't feel bad. But I do know that Thyme, Sage and Oregano can be planted in the ground and will come back ever year bigger and Bigger......have a good day

Pattie

May 18, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

LOL! I think there's a certain knack to growing herbs, one I don't have! Literately, between removing the herbs from their pots and replanting them, they just gave up, was minutes at the most! The next morning all raggedy looking!

The basil looks great though, mmmm making me want some pesto!

May 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Rosie Goins said...

I find that benign neglect works wonders with most plants (ie. don't overwater).

May 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

I don't know either but those pots are adorable!! I usually plant the herbs outside in pots in the summer.

May 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I don't know because I have never tried to grown herbs. I am sure I would kill them, too. I am good at killing live plants inside.

May 18, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

If I were in charge of the herbs I would have killed them in hours, much less a week. Inside plants and me don't see eye to eye. I would love to grow herbs. I've tried and failed. Hope someone out there can help you...I can just relate all too well.

May 18, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I have tried growing herbs indoors and they die too. I have only be successful with outside herbs. The same thing happens with me with indoor regular plants like ivy and ferns...

May 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger laurie said...

I agree, yellow usually means too much water,, try letting it dry out completely , then water,,love the rooster

May 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

I've never grown cilantro, only parsley and basil and then it was out on the deck or in the ground.
Here's a link for growing cilantro, in case you're brave enough to try again... http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/growing-cilantro.html

May 18, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Ms. Bake-it said...

Hi Debbie,

Judging by appearance, it seems that it was over watered. Then again, it will also turn yellow it it did not get enough water. Cilantro likes shady places or at least where it does not get hit with direct sunlight or heat. I only water mine when the soil is almost dry and even then I only water it enough to dampen the soil, not saturate it. Also, when it buds you need to pinch them off before they open because it if goes to seed, the plant usual dies. When trimming, cut low because it is easier for it to grow back and fill out. Don't be discouraged, get another one and try again!

~ Tracy

May 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

Cilantro really needs full sun - meaning at least 6 hours of full sun. It will survive on less, but won't be as full or vibrant

May 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger MyBluePeacock said...

I plant mine in pots outside on my deck as well, my herbs get morning sunlight a couple hours and seem to do really well...with cilantro, it's very easy to over-water.

May 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger shannon i olson said...

I would say too much water is a possibility, also transplant shock could have happened. If you bought the plant it could have been from the nursery also.
Basil is tougher than cilantro, it tends to be a little wimpy at first. You sid it was gone? or does it look like the photos still, if so it can be salvaged. Cut off the yellow leaves, let it dry out ( not bone dry) between waterings.
For the basil, be sure on pinch off the blooms, don't let them appear, and don't be afraid to cut it and use it, it will stimulate the growth!
I have to say yeah....cuz I hate cilantro! sorry:)

May 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

Hi Debbie! Cilantro is one of the hardest herbs to grow, especially outside of it's "element" which is warmer temps lots of sunshine, etc. I grow lots of herbs every summer and never seem to have much luck with cilantro..so don't think it's just you...it's a fickle little herb. ;)

Heather

May 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sorry I am of no help. I can kill a pot of rosemary in a very short time. :(

May 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Hey Deb. Sorry about your herbs! I have had to deal with the munching bunnies and a voracious racoon!!!

May 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Val said...

I always find that the more you ignore herbs the better they are...hehe. I love your pots and have a great day sweetie!!!!!!!!

May 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

We are both murderer's,I have tried to grow herbs from seeds,and have succeeded in killing them all,but somehow one very small basil plant is hanging on for dear life...hopefully we can save the basil,I'll let ya know if it too goes to the compost pile.NO MRS GREENGENE'S HERE!I'm really good at spraying "round-up" weed killer.Mr has invented easy way to spray.Come see!

Lovely pots,good thing it's chalk paint!teehehe
You know I love ya gurlfriend,but
"master-gardener's" we ain't!
~Jo
LazyonLoblolly

May 18, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger linda said...

yellow always is to much water it is very hard to grow herbs in the house .Pinch the leaves off i put the ones i pinch of in a plastic bag in the freezer .you could have still used the cilantro if you just sniped it and put in a freezer bag i freeze all my herbs the more you pinch basil the more it will grow.i would get a nice herb pot the clay one with the holes and keep it on your patio by the kitchen door.Like i do i love the smell when walking by and its so much fun just to go out the door to get fresh herbs i love the little chalk board pots by the way

May 18, 2011 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Don't faint Debbie but I might actually have some advice for you. When you water them always water them with a spray bottle filled with a little fertilizer and I do believe herbs grow better outside. They don't like to be transplanted either. I spray the soil daily but very lightly and move them to a sunny outdoor spot for a couple of hours. Your little pots are very cute!

May 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

You've gotten some great advice already. I'd try again with less water and more sun. The pots are adorable, even though the cilantro didn't work out for you.

May 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Daniella said...

When you find out, please promise to let me know!!
I had 7 herbs last summer. Each in it's own lovely pot. They grew from a seed in under a week!! I figured I was a genius!!! Then, dead by the end of the next week. I bought the pots that you water from the bottom, so as not to over water!!! I am a killer of herbs. ugh.

Good luck!
xxDaniella

May 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Christie said...

Had to laugh here...everything you do turns out just swimmingly...perhaps that's why it's over watered! lol~ Sorry for the pun...My herbs are still sitting in the garage as it's sill too cold here!

May 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Debbie! I wish I could give you some advise ~ but I have never had any luck with cilantro. All of my other herbs just thrive in my garden but I have never been able to grow cilantro. I love to make salsa so it's a big disappointment. If you discover the solution, please let me know! Give Lucy a hug from me.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

May 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Debbie, you might have better luck outside. We grow herbs in a small section of garden with gravel at the base of our bird bath. Things like to flourish there. It gets good drainage and lots of sunshine. ~ Sarah

May 18, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Good luck! I sometimes am very lucky with plants and other times they just die! Not sure why! So I give up and go back to the kind I can't kill! lol

May 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi Debbie, if it makes you feel any better, I think cilantro is one of the harder herbs to grow. I don't have a whole lot of luck with it. Basil, parsley and many of the others grow well for me but not so much on the cilantro!
Donna

May 18, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger lvroftiques said...

My thumbs are BLACK! The only things I can't kill are WEEDS!....Oh and I grow some great moss. LOL! Sorry for your loss Debbie. I *sniffle sniffle* for ya....I have fake herbs in pots *winks* Vanna

May 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Ok,I grew some last year and loved it. It doesn't like be transplanted, so could have just been that. Also, needs a deeper pot (like 8-12 inches deep) because it has long roots. Needs lots of sun. Wondering if too shady there. Water frequently but not too much (yellow leaves?). I could not find any healthy looking seedlings this year. It is a shame because I love, love, love cilantro! Try again with a deeper pot and some of that new Miracle Grow Potting soil for containers that helps absorb water.

May 18, 2011 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

I wish I could help, but, alas, I have a "silk" thumb. :)

May 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Debbie
I've never had luck with windowsill herbs. I think they grow a lot of roots and need more soil than a small flower pot can provide. Try putting them in larger post out on your deck or backyard and they should thrive if you water only when they dry out. Keep clipping the top basil leaves so it doesn't bolt and go to seed.

Buy some African violets and put them in your cute chalkboard pots ..they grow well indoors and look pretty!

May 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I've grown basil & Italian parsley, but never cilantro. I'm thinking yellow leaves might be too much water.

May 18, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Here's my only advice: stick with succulents. They won't taste good in your food, but they're hard to kill :)

May 18, 2011 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

You are too funny - I can't grow herbs indoors but do very well with them outside...

May 18, 2011 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger ♥ Sonny ♥ said...

so sorry deb.. all mine are outside on the patio and seem to be doing ok..
try again- maybe put them on that rack you have out there..
good luck.

May 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I grow basil every year but it's in large pots outside. Your basil looks good I think the cilantro might be going yellow from to much water. I tell ya one thing Deb it made a real pretty vignette:) Love the pictures!! Martina

May 18, 2011 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Vintage Beachgirl said...

Herbs in general, cilantro in particular will grow and be healthier out of doors. Try again in a larger pot, maybe a strawberry jar as someone above suggested. (I think that's what she meant by a pot with holes in it by your door?) Anyway, I don't know where you live but here in southeast Alabama it is almost past time to grow cilantro very successfully, it likes cool weather and sunshine. If it's still cool where you live try another one in an unpainted pot outdoors. You will be surprised how well it will do. The paint on the clay pot keeps the soil from getting much oxygen and also keeps the pot from drying out between watering. Cilantro by nature would be hard to grow indoors, try rosemary, thyme, lavender or any woody stemmed herb. Good luck, hope this helps. Take care, VBg

May 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger xinex said...

Hmmm, not sure, Debbie. I plant cilantro but not in a pot. They are in the soil in a raised vegetable garden and they do well...Christine

May 18, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

Cilantro, Go to produce section of nearest grocery store and buy!! That is my extent of a green thumb LOL!

Carol

May 18, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

I am no help to you because... My name is Kathryn and I am a serial plant killer!

May 18, 2011 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Cilantro likes to be outside and needs lots of sun and water but also likes good drainage...either that or it doesn't like its name chalked on the side of the pot and is going to show YOU who is boss! xxoo Diana

May 18, 2011 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Herbs have to be outside. I don't like cilantro at all so i have never bought it but i do know basil dies quickly if left inside. The only herb i found that can tolerate being in is rosemary and even she can be fussy!
Hope that helps Debbie!

May 18, 2011 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Cilantro is a fussy herb to grow. It doesn't like the heat. Sun is okay but when it gets hot outside it will go to seed. Meaning it will send up some long shoots. I usually don't have a problem with basil but this year it is not growing well for me. And I killed a lemon thyme plant before I even got it potted up!

May 18, 2011 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Farmer's Wyfe said...

I agree with everybody: I can't grow herbs inside either: great gardener outside, but kill it all inside, except my rabbit paw fern looks GREAT, and they're neat looking. They grow these little furry roots that climb out over the pot. You could try one of them. I even kill African Violets. I can do spider plant also, and aloe. Aloe is ugly though. But I use it because I seem to burn myself cooking every other day. My poor aloe is so picked at!

May 19, 2011 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

Mmmm...I don't know what to say? Temperamental plant maybe? I didn't realize you were growing Herbs too. It is quite different isn't it. Mine are doing well except for the Lavender (not really an Herb is it) that I had to move out in the sun more. My herbs are outside on the porch...fresh air and filtered sunlight. Just try another one or another type, don't give up just yet! I've seen your yard, you do have a green thumb. You can do!

May 19, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
OpenID Pat said...

Thanks so much for sharing these fabulous images. Wonderful inspiration Debbie.

I don't know what your plant problem is. I've had those brown spots before too. A puzzlement for me.

May 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Boy you are asking the wrong person here but sure are enjoying reading all the comments!! I can't grow my nails let alone plants!

May 19, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Herbs are difficult to grow inside. This year my SIL planted three herb plants in a pot for me and we put it outside. They are thriving. And I have the darndest brown thumb in Ohio! Probably even worse than La's. ha ha I have killed every herb I have tried to grow inside for the past three years. I either over water or I forget to water. I'm blaming their demise on their own temperament! :-)

May 19, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Life in Rehab said...

Debbie, those babies need to go outside. I have murdered more cilantro than I care to think about, but this year I put it in a bed, and it's going nuts!

May 24, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger candysu said...

UGH, Cilantro is the death of me (in terms of growing, not eating. I gobble that herb up!)

May 25, 2011 at 10:33 AM  

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