Name: lemongrass, Cymbopogon , Cymbopogon sp.
Foliage: perennial long, strap-like grassy foliage.
Climate: native to tropical and sub-tropical climates, but will also grow well in warm temperate, arid/semi-arid and even cold temperate climates, as long as it is protected from frost.
Soil: prefers deep, free-draining soil enriched with compost and decomposed manure.
Position: full sun.
Feeding: apply a fish-based liquid in late spring and again in early autumn.
Watering: water regularly, especially during hot, dry weather.
Lemongrass is a clump-forming perennial grass commonly grown for the strong citrus-like in the swollen stem-base. Grown for its culinary attributes, lemongrass is also a valuable ornamental grass in gardens and pots, although be careful of planting it in high-traffic areas, especially if you have children, as the leaves are very sharp.
Lemongrass is commonly used as a culinary herb in Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine, as well as Thai curry pastes, soups and even herbal teas.
Reputed to have medicinal and aromatherapy benefits, including muscle pain and headache relief, lemongrass is also used as a scent in cosmetics.
Not just suited to the vegie patch, this decorative grass can also be incorporated into the garden, grown around a pond or water feature, or planted in pots.
Lemongrass is usually available in a small pot, ready for planting after all likelihood of frost has past.
Lemongrass is easy to grow, especially in areas with dry winters and wet summers. In colder areas with wet winters, protect from frost with a generous mound of mulch at the end of autumn. Do not water if the soil is wet. If growing in pots, plants should be moved to a more protected position to avoid the extremes of winter.
Water regularly during dry weather and apply a fish-based liquid in late spring and again in early autumn. A seaweed solution applied at planting and again at the beginning of each season will help keep your lemongrass productive and healthy.
To encourage new growth, cut back by half in late winter or early spring when any likelihood of frost has passed.
Due to the lemony essential oils in the foliage, lemongrass is usually pest-free. In cold damp soils, powdery mildew can be an issue. If found, spray with an organic fungicide.
Propagate by division in late spring and summer while the plant is growing actively. This will help it to bounce back quickly after dividing.
Curry plant: another popular Indian herb that’s great in gardens or pots.
Japanese ginger: an easy to grow rhizome that complements Asian cuisine.
Horseradish: a spicy rhizome that’s easy to grow and is often used as a substitute for wasabi.
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