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Herb, Lemongrass

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A key ingredient in Asian cuisine.

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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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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

75-100 days

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48-60 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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May 01, 2017

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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 an all purpose fertilizer.
  • 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
Herb, Lemongrass is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Got nothing coming up Tried planting in the green house. Couldn't get one seed to break ground. The package had a date for the year prior.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the lemon grass I expected I was hoping for an Indonesian style lemon grass which forms large bases which are used in Southeast Asian cooking. The plant I received was more of a tea-like grass, not useful in the cooking I had hoped to accomplish.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Received seeds quickly but did not grow. Did not grow. Planted inside with heating pad under grow light, inside without pad or light. Then tried out side. but did not grow.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Zinnias worked well but Sauce tomatoes not so good My Zinnias did great, of course consistent watering is the key to growing any plant, but my sauce tomatoes well they were more low to the ground and I had a hard time staking them. Maybe next time I will put them in containers, with a timed drip system and they may do much better.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lemongrass Seeds These seeds came up thick and beautiful! They were easy to plant and they all came up!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never sprouted even when planted and watered I planted the seeds exactly per instructions and watered them regularly. They never germinated or sprouted; not a one. A total waste of money and time.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lemongrass All I can say is WOW!! I have read that it may take awhile for lemongrass to sprout - not for me! I planted them indoors in some of those dehydrated peat pots on December 18'th and yesterday, December 21 6 out of 10 pots were sprouted! And today, December 22'nd they are at least an inch tall. I'm amazed. I did use the Sea Magic to spray on the seedlings the day after I planted them so not sure if that made a difference or not. Either way I am totally impressed so far. Can't wait for other seeds that I have bought to sprout.
Date published: 2013-12-23
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