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Does Cilantro Need Full Sun? (Explained)

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Last updated on September 23rd, 2022 at 02:58 pm

Sun is an essential requirement for the growth of any green plant, and cilantro is not an exception. However, the plant is one distinct type of green plant that thrives well under temperate environmental conditions.

It is a cool weather plant that performs excellently well in frosty environments. However, this peculiar feature makes many wonders if it can survive under the full sun like many other green garden plants.

So, does cilantro need full sun? Cilantro cannot tolerate high summer heat.  Therefore, in areas of full sun, light shades are required. The reason is that cilantro has a short life cycle and bolts quickly in hot weather. Once bolting sets in, the plant quickly starts to degrade.  Furthermore, cilantro can survive in a warm environment. It is very versatile and, unlike other plants, does not require full, all-day sun to thrive.

Does Cilantro Grow Well in Shades?

Cilantro is a temperate weather plant. Under a hot sun, it bolts quickly and sets out seeds. As a result, cilantro requires a little shade under a scorching sun.

Cilantro herbs that are planted in areas of intense sunlight require shade. Shade is essential to keep the plant alive and for a more extended period.

Shades are needed in extremely hot regions to protect the plant from the scourge of the sun, which affects the root of the plant that causes a dry out in the soil.

The shade allows for only a little exposure to the sun which is perfect for cilantro growth. Furthermore, light shades play a significant role in cilantro survival in scorching climates than an all-day sun.

It is important to note that the amount of shade desired by cilantro for its proper growth in an area can be determined by the air temperature of that area. 

The optimum temperature required for cilantro growth is about 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Air temperatures higher than this only lead to the death of cilantro.

Does Cilantro Need a Lot of water?

An adequate supply of water is a crucial requirement for the growth of every green plant cilantro inclusive.

All plants require water for growth as it serves as a means to transport necessary nutrients needed by the plant from the root to other parts of the plant.

Cilantro plants grow well in areas where water circulates around their roots, providing nutrients, moisture, and air.

Cilantro strives better in moist soil. It desires water more frequently, especially as temperature rises. The herb needs to be watered once the soil goes dry as hot and dry soil has an adverse effect on it.

Tender growing cilantro requires regular watering and an even supply of moisture. The irrigation is best on a daily basis until the plant grows, so the plant doesn’t dry out.

However, as cilantro matures, too much water is no longer required. Instead, just the right amount of water needed to keep the soil constantly moist is required.

The plant requires continuously moist soil so its roots can absorb water faster than they lose it through their leaves.

In Addition, the weather conditions of the plant site are the determining factor to how often and how much water is needed by the plant. The reason is that watering helps to keep the plant alive for a more extended period.

Sunny and dry soil requires more frequent irrigation than a cooler site. However, too much water can cause the soil to be over-saturated, which is not suitable for the plant.

The reason is that water is only needed to keep the soil favorable for plant growth and not a nutrient needed by the plant.

Also, too much water, as well as slow-draining soil, can make cilantro leaves turn yellow. This is a dying sign of the plant.

Can Cilantro Get Too Much Sun?

Cilantro requires sunlight for photosynthesis like every green vegetable plant, which is essential for its proper growth and development.

The plant grows best under mild climatic conditions. Too much sun leads to it wilting, which may eventually lead to the death of the plant.

Cilantro wilts quickly on hot and sunny days, and protection from direct sunlight is a must if the longevity and proper growth of the plant are desired.

So, cilantro does not need too much sun if its proper growth and survival are desired.

A garden site with the sun that will allow the cilantro plant to produce seed at its own time is best. The reason is that when the weather gets too warm, the plant will complete its life cycle quickly, producing flowers and eventually seeds.

In areas with too much sun, which is characterized by dryness, the plant tends to lose a lot of water and moisture through their leaves, a situation known as transpiration.

This condition is harmful to the plant, and if moisture is not sufficiently and quickly replaced, it will eventually lead to the death of the plant.


Cilantro is a plant whose growing pattern and conditions should be adequately known and understood.

Certain growing conditions the plant is exposed to cause their early death and insufficient display of their potentials, deprive us of the numerous benefits they tend to offer.

Exposure of the plant to partial sunlight, preferably early morning sun into the early afternoon. In times of intense full-day sun, shades are an undisputable factor that you must consider.

Shades help keep the plant from direct sunlight, which aids in the prolonged life span of the plant by preventing it from wilting too early.

All these are essential factors to help you get the best off your cilantro herb.


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