I have been trying to grow cilantro for many years, and have always had the problem with early bolting. I don't know what I did different, but this year I have some growing fairly well, and I just heard that we had the second hottest May on record! Go figure! There are more leaves than I have ever gotten on them, but I'm hot holding out hopes for it lasting.
I have tried many brands of slo-bolt cilantro, and one frilly type, and still no luck. However, I have had luck growing it indoors, and it seemed that the longer I kept the lights on, the longer it would hold off bolting. I don't recall the exact length of times, but I got a lot of cilantro off of each plant, like I cut parsley, when the light was on for 16 hrs., but at 14 hrs. there was less harvest and sooner bolting, and at 12 hrs. much less, and much sooner bolting.
Something that has never made sense about cilantro to me is that it is supposedly a cool weather crop, and it is the heat that supposedly makes it bolt. Yet, if you look around the world at the areas were the cuisines use it the most, they are in HOT areas! Southern India, SE Asia, Mexico and many warm areas of Latin America - they don't grow other cold weather crops that much, like brassicas. They are the areas that use hot peppers - a hot weather crop, that goes hand in hand with cilantro. So where's the logic in this, and what is really causing this bolting?
Right now I am trying to grow some different seeds (bought as spice) as cilantro, figuring what can it hurt, and maybe the seed from those countries would survive heat better. If it's only good for the seeds, I'll have more for those dishes! I'll start another thread on that, and post some photos of those seeds.