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Herb, Lemongrass

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A key ingredient in Asian cuisine.

Available as 1 Plant in MIX AND MATCH!

 

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75-100 days. Lemongrass lends a fresh, fine, fragrant lemony tang with hints of ginger and mint. Adds bright, grassy, floral kick to curries, fish, shrimp, soups, stews, marinades and stir-fries. Use a ¼ teaspoon to make a refreshing tea, hot or cold. Or use in place of grated lemon rind in cookie and cake recipes. Lovely grass-like plant grows to 4 ft. in the first year. KITCHEN TIP: Before adding to dishes, slice lemongrass into rings or strips and bruise segments to release the flavor. Freezes well.
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Full Sun

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75-100 days

Life Cycle null

Annual

Height null

36-48 inches

Spread null

48-60 inches

Sow Method null

Direct Sow

Planting Time null

Spring, Summer

Soil pH null

Neutral

Thin null

18 inches

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  • How to Sow and Plant

    Sowing Directly in the Garden:

    • Sow in full sun in average soil after danger of frost in spring.
    • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth. 
    • Sow seeds evenly and thinly and barely cover with fine soil.
    • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
    • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
    • Thin or transplant shipped plants to 12 inch apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.

    Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

    • Select a location in full sun with average soil.
    • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
    • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
    • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
    • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
    • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
    • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
    • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For herbs, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
    • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
    • Fertilize regularly with Gro-tone All Purpose Organic Plant Food.
    • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

     

    Harvest and Preserving Tips

    • Harvest leafy tops when they are about 10-12 inches tall. The leaves may be used to flavor teas and soups.
    • Collect stalks at the end of the season before frost when they are about a half inch in diameter.
    • Snap stalks off at their base. Only the bottom of the stalk is edible.
    • Use the inner part of the stalk, slice into rings or strips and bruise segments to release their flavor.
    • Chopped pieces of stalk may be frozen in ice cube trays for future use.
    • Lemongrass may be dried for storage. Place stalks in a 120 degree F oven for 2-3 hours, with the oven door cracked open. Check to make sure the stalks are not getting singed.
  • Sun
    Full Sun
    Days To Maturity
    75-100 days
    Life Cycle
    Annual
    Height
    36-48 inches
    Spread
    48-60 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring, Summer
    Soil pH
    Neutral
    Thin
    18 inches