•American grown seeds
•Natural mosquito repellent
•USDA Zones: 8-10*
Grow Lemon Grass seeds for an essential herb used in Asian cuisine. The leaves and stems of Lemon Grass can be used fresh or dried to impart a distinct lemon flavor. Lemongrass herb adds exquisite flavor to soup, curries, and sauces, as well as fish and chicken dishes. It is also great for keeping the mosquitoes away! Makes a wonderful ingredient for hot teas. Made into tea, it can help with digestive problems. This clump-forming perennial easily grown from herb seeds, and it resembles an ornamental grass with its aromatic cane-like stems arising from a central base. The lemon-scented, linear, strap leaves reach 3 feet long, falling over at the tip. The fibrous leaves have a very strong lemon aroma and are the source of Lemon Grass oil that is used to flavor candy, ice cream and pastries.
Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, cholesterol control, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent and antiseptic. Last but not least, the herb has a strong reputation as an insect repellent.
Start seeds indoors in early spring and transplant them outside once the weather is warm. Sow them in good compost and barely cover with a thin layer of soil. Maintain a temperature of 70-75 degrees and keep the soil moist but not soggy. Seeds should germinate in 21-40 days. Once you have an established patch, it will take care of itself. To harvest the greens, cut them off at ground level and more will appear. You'll always have this fragrant, refreshing herb out your back door. Lemongrass thrives in full sun, even in hot Southern locations. Give this herb rich, well-drained soil. Amend planting holes with composted manure to improve fertility and enhance the soil’s ability to hold water. If you’re adding several lemongrass plants to planting beds, space plants 36-48 inches apart. Provide a steady supply of moisture for best growth and don’t let lemongrass roots dry out. Plant lemongrass in a large pot that is at least 12 inches across, or use a 5-gallon bucket. Be sure to use a premium quality potting soil when growing lemongrass. Lemongrass grows tall, and pots can easily tip in windy weather, so place containers in a slightly protected location. In cold regions, overwinter lemongrass indoors by digging up a few stalks, trimming them down to just a few inches tall, and planting them in smaller pots. Place them in a bright, south-facing window. Keep soil barely moist, as plants grow very slowly over winter. Another option is to store a pot of lemongrass, cut down, in a cool, dark place like a basement. Water just a few times over winter to keep roots alive. In spring, bring the pot into a bright spot, and resume normal watering. Shift outdoors when temperatures are above 40°F Due to its tropical nature, lemongrass usually only survives winters in zones 8 and warmer. In other areas, try growing lemongrass as an annual in planting beds or tucked into pots. This citrus-flavored grass overwinters well in a dormant state in a cool, dark spot indoors, or you can grow it as an indoor herb through winter in colder zones.
Light Required: Full sun to partial shade
Watering: Keep moist
Soil: Well drained
Seed Depth: Surface sow, lightly cover with peat moss.
Seeds per Plant: 2-3
Plant Spacing: 36-48 inches
*NOTE: Lemon Grass is a warm weather plant rated for zones 8-10. It can definitely be grown up north, but it comes with more challenges. Please send us a message and we can give you information that should help you out.
***These products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore we cannot claim to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information on our site is provided for educational purposes only.
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