How to grow lemongrass at home

According to most gardeners lemongrass is one of the fastest-growing perennials. Lemongrass has lemony stalks that are commonly used in East Asian cooking to add flavor to broths, soups and curries.

The white section of the stalk actually has the strongest flavor and the green leaves at the tips have a subtler flavor which is great for making lemongrass tea. Lemongrass plant thrives very well in Australian climates.

Varieties of Lemongrass

Lemongrass has two common varieties, which are:

  1. West Indian Lemongrass varieties: West Indian Lemongrass grows easily in any warm climate like Australia.
  2. East Indian Lemongrass varieties: East Indian Lemongrass has purple tinges in the stems. 

Climate Requirement

Lemongrass plant thrives in a warm growing condition with well-drained soil and the plant is drought tolerant, so you don’t need much water. Lemongrass plant can be grown in a pot or in your herb garden and they also makes a great addition to garden beds.  

Position and Location

One of the best places to actually plant lemongrass is in a warm and sunny position. The plant thrives in all conditions, though they love the warmth so make sure the plant get enough sun. Lemongrass plant look great in both pots and garden beds and they can grow up to 1.2m tall and 80cm wide, just make sure you give them room to grow.

How to Grow Lemongrass

Lemongrass can be planted in all three of its life stages.

  1.  You can purchase lemongrass seeds which will take around twenty-one days to germinate. You have to sow the lemongrass seeds 5cm deep and 50cm apart. 
  2. You can easily propagate the lemongrass from a cutting and then plant in the ground.
  3. You can purchase a lemongrass bush and then use as desired. Keep in mind you’ll need to pull the stalk out of the ground to use in cooking, so don’t use it all at once.

Lemongrass Propagation

One of the easiest plants to propagate is Lemongrass. You can pick the freshest stalk from your local supermarket or fresh food grocers, and then peel the back of any dead leaves and then place it in a glass of water on a sunny windowsill. After some weeks you will see the roots will start to grow. Take the cutting and place it in the soil in your garden. Honestly, there is actually no perfect time of the year to do this as lemongrass is really hardy and it will survive most seasons.

Care and Problems

Lemongrass plant is so hardy that it is not susceptible to lots of bugs and pests. If your lemongrass plant is looking sad make sure it is getting enough sunlight and also gives it some water.  

Pruning the Plant

You can cut back any dead foliage in late winter, early spring and then watch it thrive.

Harvesting Lemongrass

Lemongrass can be harvested year-round in Australia, just be careful that in winter it will take longer to grow back. Depending on when you plant the lemongrass, normally, it takes some couple of months to grow to full size.

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