How do you grow Lemon Grass?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 25 March 2014 11:42 am

Lemon grass is a perennial with a strong lemon scent for growing in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill indoors. The plants can be grown outdoors during the summer months once the danger of frost has passed, provided they are in a sunny position and a fertile, well-drained soil.

Sow the seed from February to mid-April at a temperature of 18-20°C (65-68°F) covering the seed with 3mm (⅛") sieved compost. Germination can be slow and erratic. Pot on into small pots when the seedlings are large enough to handle.

Transplant lemon grass plants into larger pots as necessary. Keep the plants well watered and regularly apply a balanced liquid feed during the summer.  The plants are not hardy and should be overwintered at a minimum temperature of 8°C (46°F) in a greenhouse or on a windowsill, keeping the compost just moist.

The long leaves can be used to make a tea or the white stems can be added to a wide range of dishes as a flavouring. Cut the stems just before they are required as they do not store well and can quickly lose their scent and flavour.

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