Cilantro is one of the most used herbs in kitchens all over the world. It has a fresh, bright taste and is easy to grow. But what happens if you get a frost on your cilantro plants?
Can Cilantro Survive Frost?
Cilantro is a cool-season plant, so it can survive a light frost if you protect it in some way. However, cilantro cannot survive deep freezes that last for more than a day or two.
If your area gets into the 20s or 30s for several days in a row, you’ll need to cover most of your garden beds with frost protection or bring everything indoors. Even if there’s no frost warning in effect and temperatures are predicted to stay well above freezing (i.e., 40 degrees Fahrenheit), it’s still best to protect your plants just in case something unexpected happens—that way they’ll have time to recover before winter comes back around again next year!
How Tolerant Is Cilantro To Cold Weather
Cilantro is a tropical plant and will not tolerate frost, so it’s important to protect your herb from cold weather. If you live in a warmer climate where the temperature doesn’t often dip below freezing, then you can grow cilantro as an annual, but if your area has cooler summers or winters then you’ll need to grow it as a perennial.
How To Protect Your Cilantro From Frost
If you’re planning to leave your cilantro outdoors, there are a few ways to protect them from frost.
Cover with a blanket. If you have cilantro growing in the ground, you can cover it with a blanket until the weather warms back up.
Place in a garage or shed. If you have space indoors, move your potted cilantro inside for protection from frost and cold temperatures until spring arrives.
Place in a container. Cilantro that is growing indoors should be planted in containers so that it can be moved easily if necessary from room to room as needed throughout the winter months.
This will also help keep them watered through dry periods when you’re not able to water them directly outdoors due to freezing temperatures outdoors or lack of sunlight during cloudy days, which creates less water available for plants since they depend on photosynthesis done by their roots (which are submerged).
Plastic bag method: If your garden is already frozen solid but still has soil remaining at its base level where roots still exist, simply place some plastic bags over these areas before putting wet newspapers underneath them so they won’t dry out while being covered up during winter months; this method works especially well when combined with one of those other methods listed above!
Should You Bring Cilantro Indoors During The Winter?
It’s that time of year when the temperature is dropping, and you might be thinking about bringing your cilantro indoors. But should you?
Well… maybe. It depends on how much you love your cilantro.
Cilantro is a plant that is best grown outdoors in our region because it can’t handle cold temperatures (and also it needs plenty of sun). But if you have a lot of cilantro and don’t want to let any of it go to waste over the winter, then you could try bringing some inside for the winter months.
But if you’re going to try this, make sure that:
-Your house isn’t too warm—you need to keep your cilantro at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit most days;
-You find a good place for it—it doesn’t like direct sunlight but does like indirect light, so look for a place closest to east or west-facing window.
-You give it enough water—cilantro is a great choice because they stay moist without rotting quickly and can be used as watering cans when necessary.
What Temperatures Will Kill Cilantro?
There is some debate about how low temperatures can go before cilantro dies. Some sources say that 34 degrees Fahrenheit will kill it, but we think this is a little conservative. We’re going to assume that if you live in a place where it gets cold enough for frost on the ground and your cilantro was growing outside, then you can safely assume that your plants were damaged by cold weather.
If you live in an area with extremely cold winters—or even semi-cold winters that can get down into the 20s—you may want to plan ahead and keep your cilantro inside or protected from freezing temperatures so that you don’t lose any plants!
Can I Overwinter Cilantro?
Cilantro is a tropical plant, which means it needs warm temperatures to thrive. So, unless you live in a tropical climate and can grow it outside from spring through fall, the answer to this question is no.
You can’t overwinter cilantro outdoors in most of North America or Europe because it won’t survive cold winters—it will die back to its roots and then freeze solid at night once temperatures drop below freezing.
However, there are ways that you can keep your cilantro alive over winter if you have access to a heated space like an unheated garage or basement where temperatures stay above 40°F during the winter months.
We hope this article has given you some insight into whether cilantro can survive frost and how to protect it.