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Lemon Grass

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Once a weekFull sunDeer resistant
  • Citrus-Scented Leaves: The leaves of Lemongrass release a delightful lemon scent when bruised, making it a popular choice for aromatic gardens, culinary use, and natural pest repellents.
  • Culinary Versatility: Widely used in Asian cuisine, Lemongrass is a key ingredient in soups, curries, teas, and a variety of dishes, celebrated for its subtle citrus flavor.
  • Easy to Grow: Lemongrass is remarkably easy to cultivate in pots or in-ground, thriving in sunny locations with well-draining soil, making it accessible to gardeners of all levels.

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Lemongrass, scientifically known as Cymbopogon Citratus, is a versatile and aromatic herb that brings a fresh, citrus scent to gardens and kitchens alike. Renowned for its slender foliage and stalks that emit a lemony fragrance when crushed, this plant is a staple in culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. Easy to grow in a variety of settings, Lemongrass is perfect for gardeners seeking to add a touch of the tropics to their landscape or container garden, offering both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits with minimal maintenance.

Growth rate: Fast growth rate; can reach 3-5 feet in height and 2-4 feet in width in a single season.

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Pruning: Trim back the leaves as needed to encourage bushier growth and remove any yellow or brown stalks to maintain plant health and appearance.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer every few weeks during the growing season to support vigorous growth.

Winter Protection: In zones cooler than 9, grow Lemongrass in containers and move indoors to a sunny, warm spot during the winter months.

Plant Lemongrass in spring, after the danger of frost has passed, in a location that receives full sun. Choose well-draining soil and space plants 24 inches apart to allow for their mature size. Water thoroughly after planting and maintain consistent moisture levels. For container growth, ensure the pot has good drainage and move plants indoors before the first frost if you're in a cooler zone.

Water regularly to keep the soil consistently moist, especially during hot, dry periods. Lemongrass prefers a bit of extra water compared to other herbs. Lemongrass thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to achieve optimal growth, flavor, and fragrance.

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Zones 9-11

In USDA Zones 9-11, Lemongrass can be grown outdoors year-round, where it enjoys warm temperatures and plenty of sunlight. In cooler climates, it can be cultivated as an annual or grown in containers and brought indoors during the winter months to protect it from frost. This adaptability makes Lemongrass a favorite among gardeners looking to incorporate its fresh, citrus scent and culinary benefits into their home gardens, regardless of their zone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lemongrass can grow to varying sizes depending on its environment and how it's cultivated. Generally, it forms clumps of long, slender, grass-like leaves that can reach heights of 3 to 6 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. However, the size can be controlled by trimming or harvesting the leaves regularly. In optimal growing conditions, Lemongrass tends to grow vigorously and may require occasional pruning to maintain a manageable size.

Lemongrass is known for its rapid growth rate under optimal conditions. It typically grows quite quickly, especially during the warmer months of the year. Under ideal circumstances with plenty of sunlight, warmth, and adequate moisture, Lemongrass can grow several inches to a foot or more in height within a few weeks. Proper care, including regular watering and fertilization, can promote even faster growth.

The best place to plant Lemongrass is in a location that receives full sun for most of the day. Lemongrass thrives in warm and sunny conditions, so choose a spot in your garden that gets at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Ensure that the soil is well-draining and fertile, as Lemongrass prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil with good drainage. Additionally, consider planting it in a location where it has enough space to spread, as it can grow quite vigorously.

Lemongrass is a tender perennial in warmer climates but is often grown as an annual in colder regions. In areas with mild winters, it can survive and regrow from the roots each year. However, in colder regions where temperatures drop below freezing, Lemongrass may die back in winter unless protected or brought indoors. With proper care and protection from frost, it can regrow from its roots in the following growing season.

Yes, Lemongrass can grow well in pots or containers, making it a versatile plant for both indoor and outdoor settings. When grown in pots, make sure to choose a container with good drainage to prevent waterlogging, as Lemongrass prefers well-draining soil. Additionally, place the pot in a location that receives plenty of sunlight, as Lemongrass thrives in full sun. With proper care, such as regular watering and occasional fertilization, Lemongrass can flourish in pots, providing you with fresh leaves for culinary uses or for enjoying its refreshing citrus scent in your garden or home.

Lemongrass contains citronella oil, which is known for its insect-repelling properties. While growing lemongrass in your garden may help deter mosquitoes to some extent due to the presence of citronella, it's important to note that its effectiveness as a mosquito repellent may vary. Simply planting lemongrass may not completely eliminate mosquitoes from your outdoor space, but it can certainly contribute to reducing their presence. Some people also crush the leaves or extract the oil to use as a natural insect repellent spray. However, for optimal mosquito control, it's recommended to use additional methods such as mosquito traps, citronella candles, or insect repellent sprays containing DEET.

The best time to plant lemongrass is in the spring after the last frost date in your area. This timing allows the plant to establish itself during the warmer months, which promotes healthy growth before the onset of colder temperatures in the fall and winter. Planting in the spring also provides the plant with ample time to develop strong roots and establish itself before the following winter. If you're planting in a colder climate, you can start seeds indoors several weeks before the last frost date and transplant them outdoors once the weather warms up. Additionally, lemongrass can also be planted in containers indoors year-round if you live in a region with harsh winters.

Lemongrass prefers consistently moist soil, especially during its active growing season. Typically, it's best to water it deeply whenever the top inch or so of soil feels dry to the touch. However, ensure that the soil has proper drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. In hot weather or if grown in containers, Lemongrass may need more frequent watering to prevent drying out. Adjust watering frequency based on environmental conditions and the moisture needs of your specific plant.

In regions where Lemongrass is grown as a perennial, it's often pruned back in late fall or early winter before the onset of frost. This pruning helps remove any dead or damaged foliage and encourages fresh growth in the following spring. However, if you live in a climate where Lemongrass is grown as an annual or if frost is not a concern, regular pruning throughout the growing season to harvest leaves for culinary use may be sufficient, and a heavy winter pruning may not be necessary.

For Lemongrass, you can use a balanced fertilizer with a formulation such as 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. Additionally, organic fertilizers like compost or well-rotted manure can be beneficial for providing nutrients to the soil. Apply fertilizer sparingly, following the instructions on the product label, and avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of essential oils and flavor in the leaves.

Our Process

We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!