Lemongrass thrives with full sun having originated in a tropical climate. It is a perennial plant although in places that experience freezing frost it will behave more like an annual and go dormant (or die) during a prolonged freeze or long, cold winter.
Beware: While lemongrass is easy to harvest at home it is very invasive in a garden. It will divide underground spreading through its roots and grows rapidly. We recommend cultivating it in a large pot. It is a beautifully decorative plant and displays well in a pot on a patio or beside a doorway or beneath a window where its fragrance can be more frequently appreciated and enjoyed during sultry summer months.
Start your own lemongrass grove buy purchasing a few stalks from a local grocer. Lemongrass is easily found in Asian and Mexican food markets.
- Purchase three to five mature stalks. They should be fresh, full at the bulb and moist. Try to select those with root buds still visible. Cut a few inches off the top of each stalk. Peel back the dry outer layers all the way to the crown of the bulb.
- Place stalks in a jar of room temperature water. Keep the jar in a sunny window. Be sure to check the water level frequently so as to avoid dehydrating the roots.
- In one to two weeks you will see roots. When the roots are an inch long transfer the stalks to a pot filled with a sandy soil. Insert stalk and cover with an inch of soil.
- Keep the pot in a sunny place and remember to keep the soil moist. Lemongrass grow quickly and will become a large cluster, so select a medium to large size pot.
- Keep the pot of lemongrass away from cats since they love it and will “play” with it until it is dead.
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