Um, what does "bolt" mean? I bought some flat leaf italian parsley and cilantro already growing and didn't cut from it for several weeks. During that time, it went crazy. I harvested some a few days ago for salsa (cilantro) and a pasta dish (parsley).
I had always heard that those two plants will grow the more you cut them. In my past experience, I always got new growth in the areas where I cut them. The parsley seems to be doing fine, with new growth popping up. The cilantro seems to be stunted where I cut it. Part of my frustration with my cilantro plant is with it's tendency to curl over on itself and tangle, and that seems to cause the new growth coming from the bottom to not get enough sun and or air, so it never grows completely, rather, turns dark and slimy as the parts I haven't cut get taller and taller and taller.
It seems like maybe if I cut the whole thing back a little, it would get better sun and circulation, but now I'm afraid to because I cut some several days ago and I'm not seeing much new growth yet. Did I cut it incorrectly? Should I cut from the top instead of the bottom? It is growing so fast on top of the remaining part of the plant it is like it's never mature, so I cut from the bottom, the oldest growth. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? It has been extremely hot here (90-97 from 9 or 10 am to 7 or 8 pm) for the last 3 weeks, and we've gotten no rain, though the humidity level is still high because of all the water in the area. I still water it every day, and it is in a pot that has a reserve thingy on the bottom for excess to be stored. When I feel the soil in the evening, it feels moist but not wet. Oh, and the main stems have thickened and turned woody with no new green areas coming up. My basil is doing that too, but since I just pull individual leaves off the basil, it's not a big deal. (The parsley is growing more like grass would.) Is that supposed to happen? I've never gotten this far with cilantro before, because the drought doomed it last year.