TECHNIQUE

Technique: Grow your own lemongrass

April 15, 2010

I love the smell of lemongrass: fresh, clean and zesty. My favourite way to use it up is in this lemongrass drink that I learned from one of my favorite local restaurants. Back then, lemongrass was a hard-to-find ingredient and since I’d never tried it in a drink, it was difficult for me to figure what the chef had added to a mundane sweet soda. The waiter was kind enough to share the recipe, and now I can make it myself at home. Now I’m even more thrilled because I can have my favourite drink whenever I want because I finally grow my own lemongrass!

And you know the good news? Growing lemongrass is child’s play. All you need to do is plonk the stalks that you buy at the supermarket into a jar filled with about an inch or so of water and just watch it grow! Within just two days you will see the roots sprout and you know you’re on your way to a bountiful lemongrass garden. Just a pot or two will do the trick, so even for those of you who, like me, live in apartments, growing your own lemongrass is so easy.

Just keep changing the water every day or every second day at most. In about three to four weeks, the lemongrass would have grown about 2 inches of roots. Now is when you can transfer the lemongrass sapling to the soil. Keep it watered well, but make sure the soil isn’t soaked in water. It can withstand a good amount of sunlight as well.

Have a look at these weekly progress photos in case, just like me, you didn’t believe that growing lemongrass could be this easy:

Grow your own lemongrass!

Oh, and here’s an old post I had written back in 2007 about lemongrass. What’s special to me about that post is that it was the first ever post on PurpleFoodie.com!

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153 Comments

  • Reply Amanda April 15, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    >This is one of the most exciting blog posts I have ever seen. THANK YOU for sharing this information, I never would have thought of this!

  • Reply OrangeJammies April 15, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    >Hi Shaheen, sorry to sound completely clueless, but does one pluck the leaves and crush them? Does the plant give off a scent or only when we use it as an ingredient? I'd really like to try growing lemongrass since I love the scent too. Would you know any South Bombay supermarkets that stock it?

  • Reply fazela April 15, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    >Just yesterday, I was attending this Thai cuisine class and the chef gave us the leftover lemon grass stubs to grow at home. Too bad, I dont have a garden right now.
    Can it grow in a mid-size pot that can be left out in the gallery/patio?

    I am still getting over the shock that your awesome pictures are from a point and shoot :)

  • Reply creationz2009 April 15, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    >thank you….seems simple

  • Reply chef chuck April 15, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    >It's almost bamboo like! Very nice, Thank you

  • Reply EA Exam April 16, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    >I never thought that it is this easy to grow lemongrass. My mom loves it so i might as well start having some on my backyard.

  • Reply Vinita April 16, 2010 at 3:55 AM

    >Awesome!!! Not only are you a great cook but have other talents as well.

    You do take the term "cooking from scratch" seriously don't you by growing your own veggies.

    I would have never thought of growing lemon grass myself.. and that to how simple it is.

    Loved it.

  • Reply The Purple Foodie April 16, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    >Hey, I'm sorry I missed linking to the post where I'd earlier written about lemongrass. here it is: http://www.purplefoodie.com/2007/09/fragrance-of-lemongrass-never-ceases-to.html If you still have questions about it, then let me know! Nature's basket should definitely be stocking it..

  • Reply The Purple Foodie April 16, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    >hehehe thank you fazela! :-)

    I don't have a garden either.. I just grow it in that small pot by my windowsill. I say, go for it! Btw, where did you attend the Thai cooking class?

  • Reply The Purple Foodie April 16, 2010 at 4:20 AM

    >thank you so much, Vinita! It's a lot of fun to grow your own herbs. i wish I had more space to grow veggies!

  • Reply fazela April 16, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    >The Santa Clara community center offers classes for different cuisines. I am planning to take some of the weekend classes at Professional Culinary Institute next month.
    Its wonderful to see the chefs cook and then try the stuff yourself and then – the best part – eat!!!

  • Reply Madhu Menon April 16, 2010 at 5:27 AM

    >Not only does lemongrass withstand sunlight, but the flavour gets more intense when it's sunny.

  • Reply arundati April 16, 2010 at 5:55 AM

    >that's so luxuriant, i grew my own too similarly…then it died cos i cut it too close to the roots….and now am onto my second set…. i didnt have such luxuriant roots in the water, but it seems to be doing fine in the soil… nice post…

  • Reply Arch April 16, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    >This is total 'WOW' !! I always had lemon grass growing in my mom's garden, didnt think it was this easy…thanks for sharing !

  • Reply Anusha Pinto April 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    >Nice nice… Think I will grow it when I get a pad of my own! I love its flavour in tea and I didn't know that you weren't fond of thai food!! I want to know if there's a way of cutting the stalk so that I don't damage the rest of the plant? You see I am new at this : )

  • Reply Shri April 17, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    >Thanks for sharing! Loved your site.

  • Reply abha April 17, 2010 at 3:57 AM

    >your blog is a pandora -box with variety of surprises.Please let me know how to grow other herbs in clay pots.
    Happy exploring.
    abha

  • Reply Liz@Cafe Liz April 18, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    >Now I know what I'm going to do with the extra lemongrass stalks I bought the other day :-)

    • Reply Tike September 25, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      I came, I read this article, I cnoqeuerd.

      • Reply Sharon October 15, 2011 at 1:26 AM

        came = easy
        read = medium difficulty
        conquered = impossible

  • Reply Cynthia April 18, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    >I am so going to do this soon. Thank you! I am a lemongrass addict!

  • Reply Cynthia April 18, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    >I am definitely going to do this. Thank you!

  • Reply Poonam April 19, 2010 at 7:17 AM

    >hey! this is a great post, I grow lemon grass too,,like it in my chai :) its really easy to maintain as well, even mint is quite easy to grow at home.

  • Reply OrangeJammies April 19, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    >Thanks! I'll look into this. By the by, you've been awarded. Over on my page. :)

  • Reply carolynjung April 20, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    >I am so trying this. Friends had told me before how easy this was. What a great thing to have fresh lemongrass at your beckon without having to race to the store.

  • Reply Cathy/ShowFoodChef April 20, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    >I often avoid adding lemongrass because it's so inconvenient to buy and sometimes hard to find. Love this, saw it on Foodgawker, and really enjoy your site. Thanks.

  • Reply danazia April 21, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    >Cool idea! Tropical plants are such vibrant growers. I'll never forget my first lesson in this when I was living in Hawaii. A friend showed me how to start jasmine starts by just cutting off the branches and sticking them in the ground! I, too, am growing a lemon grass in the house. We can not find any lemon grass down here, so I have to grow it. Thanks for the great post!

  • Reply jd April 21, 2010 at 3:46 AM

    >This is SUPER cool!

    I'm in love with the smell/flavor of lemongrass, but I have the worst green-thumb ever, so I can't wait to give this (apparently) easy-to-grow plant a try…

    Thanks for the fantastic idea :)

  • Reply shyam April 21, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    >oooooh! I did NOT know this! I'm going to grow my own lemongrass too! Thanks for the tip! :)

  • Reply Maria April 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    >I love lemon grass. Can't wait to grow my own!

  • Reply Yannick April 23, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    >I have to try that :-) Love lemongrass. Used to do some lemonade with it (and with ginger) :-)

  • Reply frantasticfood April 25, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    >I can't wait to get a stalk of lemongrass this week. I just used one and threw out the little bit I had left yesterday. What a shame I got to your blog too late to save the little guy. :) This is great information.

    I love the look and feel of your blog. It's clean and fresh which makes it easy to read.

  • Reply taracoomans April 27, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    >Brilliant! Just Brilliant. Thanks!

  • Reply Lisa May 3, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    >Hey there! I was so excited about doing this I immediately ran out and bought some lemongrass, and came home and plunked it in a jar of water. Its been almost 3 weeks and I have no signs of life … what happened?

    Is it possible some lemongrass is irradiated to prevent us from growing our own? Or did I just get some duds? I did purchase it from my local healthy-foodie store (rather than Safeway) but I'm not sure if it was organic.

    Been changing the water every 3 days. Its sitting in a window that gets direct sun for only about 1-2 hours a day but is otherwise light. What up? Thoughts? I really want this to work!

    Thanks!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie May 3, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    >Hey Lisa! Is the stalk of he lemongrass to thick? Because a friend of mine tried to grow one that was pretty thick and it just didn't sprout. I bought a second set of stalks and they took a little longer to spout, but sprout they did. Since lemongrass is a tropical herb, I suggest yo let it get a little more sun before tossing it. Here, my plant gets the sun for a good 12 hours.

  • Reply Lisa May 5, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    >Thanks. I guess I will try again. When I bought them I got the greenest ones they had but they are rather large. Where do you live that you get 12 hours of sunlight? ;-p My kitchen window in Northern CA faces west so I get plenty but perhaps now that its warm I should put them outside. Will let you know!

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  • Reply Lisa May 12, 2010 at 3:40 AM

    Update: I’ve got roots! A few days after your reply I noticed one of the lemongrass stalks had sprouted a root, and a few days later the second one did. Still waiting on the 3rd but I’ve added a few new slender ones to increase my yield. Thanks! I’m psyched!

    Now if I could only get a kaffir lime tree goin’ I’d be all set!

    • Reply Anonymous June 30, 2010 at 1:17 AM

      lisa you can get kaffir lime trees in northern ca – four winds growers nursery has them and i got one at a big cvs in oakland that has a nursery section.

  • Reply Lisa May 12, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    PS: a man at the SE Asian grocery said his family does the same thing when they have leftover Thai Basil. hmmmnnnnn.

  • Reply PurpleFoodie May 12, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Lisa! I stay in Bombay and it’s 100F here! I’m so happy to hear that your lemongrass sprouted! Thai basil? who would have thought! It’s a pity it isn’t easily available here…

  • Reply ArLee May 16, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    I bought a small Thai Basil plant at Home Depot last year and now have a full 10-inch pot of it. Look at Home Depot or Lowe’s for herbs. They don’t have lemon grass (had to order mine on Ebay), but they do have cilantro, different types of parsley and basil, rosemary, and a lot of the basics.

  • Reply PurpleFoodie May 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Oh lovely! I might need to smuggle some Thai basil when I come to the US next!

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    Growing lemon grass from seed is fun and easy too in a heated greenhouse. Seed can be obtained from Seed Needs via Amazon. Keep it in a large pot in the greenhouse or a hot sunny terrace as it is invasive when planted in the garden.

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  • Reply Roo May 22, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Im living in Canada now and have tried really hard to find Lemongrass, I even went into WalMart & Safeways and couldnt find it! Where am I going wrong? I asked in an gardening store and they said they’d never heard of it?!!!!!! I was like really???
    Anyway my question is, help does anyone know where I can buy it? Im actually wanting it to put in pots for the back garden to stop the mosquitos! It might not work but I thought hey Ill give it a go.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie May 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      It’s a tropical herb, so that’s prob why it’s so difficult to find it in Canada.

      • Reply Kara January 29, 2012 at 2:46 AM

        I’m in Washington state and I would be quite surprised to see lemongrass at a mainstream store. I get mine at an Asian grocery store.

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  • Reply emma fifield July 30, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Thanks for the tip on growing lemongrass. I bought 3 from Cole and 3 from our local asian shop, the lady at the asian shop said the grass needed to have some life to it at the bottom there were some very small sprouts. The coles ones are awful, but the other ones are great. However, now they are in the soil and sprouting up, how do I get the stalks realised from the central stalk, they are locked in? Thanks for letting us know about sprouting the lemongrass, its so expensive at the supermarket!

  • Reply Scott August 11, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Roo-
    Not sure what city in canada you are in, but if you are near a major center that has an Asian food store, you should be able to pick some up.
    I’m in Ottawa, and there is a store on Bank street that sells it.

  • Reply Cheryel Lemley-McRoy January 30, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    You can grow long green onions, too. You know, the ones that come bundled in rubber bands and rot before you can use them all. You don’t have to root them in water, just plant them up to where the white meets the green and water them weekly. Use the outer leaves and they will grow from the center.

  • Reply gaie quizon February 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I live in Notre Dame De L’Ile Perrot, Quebec and I got my lemongrass from an asian store. I was successful in rooting some and are now in jars on my window sill and noticed two stalks growing new sprouts. Is it possible to grow them simply in water? They look so nice growing in clear jars on the window sill getting some sun for most part of the morning. Thanks a lot and more power to you !

    • Reply The Purple Foodie March 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      I haven’t tried growing them just in water – if it works for you, please let me know!

  • Reply emma fifield March 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    now that I have had my pre-sprouted lemongrass shoots in the garden all summer (very hot summer in western australia) they are thriving and there are loads of off shoots in a sort of fan shape – plus the best bit is they smell amazing and taste great!

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  • Reply Emy March 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Hi! My lemongrass’ roots are about 1cm now. When is the best time to move it into pot? Should I wait until they are about 2 inches or could I move it straightly? How deep should I stick it in soil? Thanks :)

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    i waited until my roots were about an 2 inches, then planted them so that the lemongrass stalks were also a few inches in the soil

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  • Reply davis June 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    few years ago at an herb gardening class instructor gave out root snippets of lemon grass, rosemary, basil, etc. Only one that flourished was the lemon grass – have to cut it back often…its huge.

    • Reply Chas Gardner June 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Where can you buy the shoots or the seeeds? I’d realy like to have some!

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        what country you from? coz here in the Philippines you can buy it in supermarket.

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  • Reply bay October 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Wow!! the first time i would never thought of this & cant wait to grow my own lemon-grass, thank you for the most amazing website! i love it very exciting!!!

  • Reply Ila October 14, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    I want to grow the lemon grass plant. I need cuttings. Where can I get it in Cincinnati Ohio?

    • Reply Jeanette B October 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      You can get it at Asian markets. It is so easy to sprout. I am trying it for the first time and in just a week I had sprouts.

    • Reply don October 18, 2013 at 6:22 AM

      amzon.com sells lemongrass plants & stalks

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      Jungle Jim’s carries lemongrass, and everything else as well. And they recently opened a second store somewhere on the east side of Cincinnati.

  • Reply Yabbi Yum November 17, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Propagation is one thing, how to care for it after planting?

    • Reply Max Schutze June 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Lemon Grass is a member of the grass family. It is hardy and invasive. You will have little trouble caring for it as long as it is watered occasionally. It flourishes in full, hot sun. pests are a rare problem. Your biggest problem may be containing the plant, therefore you’ll probably opt to keep it segregated in a pot or planter.

  • Reply Kimbra December 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Just keep it watered, warm and in sunshine. Occasional feeding is appreciated! E-A-S-Y !!!

  • Reply Lyn January 3, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Hi. I’m from Singapore, which is pretty much on the equator. Lemongrass does best with full sun here, so I presume it needs as much sun add it can get anywhere else. Just be sure to water it generously when it gets more sun to prevent it from drying out. Because over here, we also get torrential downpours very frequently; everyday for the months of Nov and Dec.

  • Reply Seamus Ward January 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    i would like to try to grow lemon-grass as the supermarket product has been in transit and in controlled storage for a conciderable time before its purchased, It then looks tired and will have lost its strength of flavour..So in being able to grow my own, would ensure i could have fresh lemon-gras when i require it . . Im not sure how it will fare in Ireland as we are in the northern hemisphere. But im going to try growing some this coming springtime.. happy gardening to all .

    • Reply Sharon January 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      I am also in Ireland…Grow it in a pot on a sunny windowsill as I have – keep it well watered! – success!

  • Reply Kimbra January 8, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Ireland~Seamus, You CAN grow it! Put it in the sunnyist window you have, or supplement with full-spectrum florescent lights, and it WILL grow. Sunny, water, and an occasional feed, with love, it will grow! Just try it. ;-)

    • Reply Seamus Ward January 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Thank you Kimbra.. i will try this come spring time and the weather warms up .

  • Reply Shalott January 30, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    I’ve been trying to grow my own lemongrass for about a week now. I used slightly older dry lemongrass. No roots yet but it’s turning a slight purple hue. Suggestions on what’s wrong/what can be done?

    • Reply Nicole April 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Mine was looking pretty dried up too, but I noticed that there were little roots forming on the base. I cut the dried tops off the plants to give the new growth a chance to get out and I think it helped.

      • Reply Max Schutze June 13, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        I think you are probably on the right track. “topping” the lemongrass plant will take away the stress of sustaining upper growth, and allow resources to go into developing a new root system. Remember these cuts were traumatized when severed from big, healthy root systems in order to be shipped to the store where you got them. They need to start over completely. Topping them off lets the severed roots catch up to the rest of the plant.

  • Reply Seamus Ward January 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    reply to Shallot. re; growing Lemon-grass.
    My thinking on this is that the Lemongrass you are trying to grow is old . judging by your discription of what you have . id imagine what you rquire is some that is fairly green and has a semblence of root attached . even one strand , in order for it to feed on the wate. Good luck.

  • Reply Debbie February 23, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    I am reading this with great interest! We are in Ubud, Bali, now and I watch the cook gather lemongrass for meal prep from three huge clumps of it! It is wonderful when fresh, and I would to give growing it a go. We live in the Pacific NW, US, but am hoping our large windows will be provide enough light. Wondering what type of potting mix is best?

  • Reply Kimbra February 23, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Debbie, I love “PRO-MIX”. It’s a peat blend, so retains water. Lemongrass really likes water. Everyone is on the Organic train, which isn’t a bad thing, but also isn’t necessary for the soil. (I just don’t recomend dollar store type brands due to their being so inconsistent.) As far as the sun issue, you can use flourescent light as a supplement. You DO NOT have to buy “grow lights”. A full spectrum bulb is good enough! Fl. lights don’t get hot like incandescents, therefore you can keep it within a couple of inches above the plant(s) without them getting burned. 8-10 hrs. is good as supplemental light and 6 would work. They wouldn’t have to be on daily, only if it were prolonged darker days. I say try it! I grow it and it’s easy! :-)

  • Reply Julie Vaughn February 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I bought two stalks today thinking to do this, so it is great to see the documented results – thanks so much! Seems that link for your fave lemongrass drink is no bueno, do you have it posted elsewhere? Thanks

    • Reply Shaheen February 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Hi Julie, thanks for the heads up! I’ve updated the link and it’s working now. All the best with the lemongrass project.

  • Reply nellie-claire March 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I had my husband buy me 4 stalks of fresh lemongrass last Friday at Wegman’s. I used one whole stalk in soup and the other three, I put in a glass of water. None of the stalks had roots but in two days, one stalk had a big root and the other two stalks had grown at least an inch. It is truly amazing! I am hoping that the other two stalks will root but so far it doesn’t look as though it will happen. By the way, I am pretty sure that you can find fresh lemongrass at Whole Foods and other grocery stores, in addition to Asian Markets. Nursery Centers such as Lowe’s and Home Depot also carry potted lemongrass. It should be very easy to find. I have bought it on eBay and I have also found lemongrass seeds online.
    For those of you with not much light, I wouldn’t worry about it. It has been very dark and gloomy here in Baltimore, MD yet my glass of lemongrass on the edge of my kitchen sinking is very happy. Good luck!

  • Reply nellie-claire March 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I had my husband buy me 4 stalks of fresh lemongrass last Friday at Wegman’s. I used one whole stalk in soup and the other three, I put in a glass of water. None of the stalks had roots but in two days, one stalk had a big root and the other two stalks had grown at least an inch. It is truly amazing! I am hoping that the other two stalks will root but so far it doesn’t look as though it will happen. By the way, I am pretty sure that you can find fresh lemongrass at Whole Foods and other grocery stores, in addition to Asian Markets. Nursery Centers such as Lowe’s and Home Depot also carry potted lemongrass. It should be very easy to find. I have bought it on eBay and I have also found lemongrass seeds online.
    For those of you with not much light, I wouldn’t worry about it. It has been very dark and gloomy here in Baltimore, MD yet my glass of lemongrass on the edge of my kitchen sink and it is very happy. Good luck!

  • Reply KarishmaKalro March 15, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Very interesting ! I love gardening but stay in an apartment so just have a few plants in my balcony. will now try growing lemon grass esp cos my husband and me love its fragrance

  • Reply Lise April 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I’m going to try to plant lemongrass here in Denmark. My plan is to start in a sunny window and then when the frosty nights are over I want to plant them outside at my terrace. I’ve seen pictures on pinterest of big bushes of lemongrass, but how close should I plant the sprouts then?

  • Reply Ger April 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    How about growing them in just water. Do you need to plant them in soil? Thanks

    • Reply Shaheen April 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Not sure – please let us know if it works for you!

  • Reply carey April 4, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Hi,I read about the lemon grass .I would like to have the recipe for thatwoderful beverage u get at the resuraunt. Thank yon Enjoy spring time

  • Reply Reshmy Kurian April 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Hi, Just started growing the lemon grass myself and now stumbled on this post. For a lot of our Indian uses of lemongrass (mainly the milk tea) we simmer the leaves in the drink. For this the potted plant is perfect. Every time you cut it, it grows even more prolifically. However a lot of the other asian preparations seem to demand the use of the stalk itself. Am loathe to part with the stalk since I guess I will then have to sacrifice the plant itself. Or do you think the plant will regenerate itself if I cut it from as low as that? How did you use your plant?

    • Reply Shaheen April 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Hi Reshmy, Yes it’s a pity and kinda heartbreaking to to use up the stalk itself. And while that’s the only reason I planted my lemongrass, I just didn’t have the heart to use it to cook. So while I let my plant grown, I’d still go and buy the stalk to cook East Asian food. I’m not much of a tea drinker so the leaves aren’t very useful to me – my parents ended up using them occasionally.

  • Reply Mayo April 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Does lemon grasss come back in the garden every year.

    • Reply Seamus Ward April 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      I would imagine that it does.. your best bet is to GOOGLE it , as its easy to propogate . my guess (i havnt googled it YET) is that it does.
      im gong to grow some this year . bet of luck with your efforts.

  • Reply Tess April 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    I was looking on how to grow lemon grass in my garden and found out how easy it is to grow this herb plant. Looks like everyone on this blog has an interest because of its flavor and aroma. I would like to share that I found out in many medical study that lemon grass (as tea – hot or cold or in a soup) is also good for hypertensive individuals . People who suffer from high blood pressure may find that drinking the tea or having a soup of lemon grass can reduce high blood pressure.

  • Reply Connie's May 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    My father and mother would always tell me to plant lemongrass on four corners of the house because to drive away snakes.

  • Reply Sondra May 16, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I’m so glad I found this! I’ve had lemongrass sitting in a cup of water for a little less than a week and it’s barely sprouting roots (tiny little thin ones). I was worried that it wasn’t going to take because other plants I’ve tried had rooted within a week. It has new growth on it though, so hopefully with the new green leaves that are popping out the roots will get more food.

    What was the lemongrass drink from the restaurant made of? I’ve never heard of it being used in anything other than teas.

  • Reply Karishma kalro June 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Dear shaheen,
    I just got back from a holiday in thailand. Had purchased some fresh green lemon grass, galangal, thai chillies and kaffir lime leaves from the local market there. I stored these in the refrigerator in my hotel room till I returned to INDIA . Now when I placed my lemon grass in a container of water it has all turned brown in colour and died. So now I can’t grow my own lemon grass ! Can you tell me what went wrong ! I’m very disappointed

    • Reply Shaheen July 1, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      You can buy lemongrass from Trikaya and try to propogate it.

    • Reply Gerard July 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      You probably killed it by putting it in the fridge. It’s a semi-tropical plant.

  • Reply Sujash Raha July 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Hai I am from Rajasthan, India. After looking your comments I also want to grow lemon grass at home. Incidentally then stalks are not available in any of the supermarkets in India.

  • Reply fungenee July 11, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    I bought lemongrass shoots from wholefoods mine did not grow. It has been 3 weeks, unless I am not doing something I was suppose to do.

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  • Reply ThatCompostGuy August 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I bought lemongrass plants several years ago and put them in the ground and they did wonderfully. But I didn’t know much about it or how or when to harvest and thought it would come back. not here in Zone 7, upstate SC. Spring 2011, I bought two more plants and put in 12″ pots. Harvested in the fall before frost and brought the pots in. Pulling the stalks, I saw lots of stiff roots on the bottom. So I cut off minimal amounts of the bulb with the roots attached and tried to grow them in cups. It worked great! But I soon found out that you can’t keep lemongrass in a cup the whole winter, so they soon died. That’s fine.

    They do become rootbound in pots very quickly. One season, in fact. Letting mine go two years was wrong, so now I know. The 12″ pots had roots coming out the bottom and circling under them. I split the mass of growth in half vertically and trimmed off at least half of the lower half of the root ball. I figured if it was so easy to root individually, I wasn’t worried. They look so much better this year and are not so thirsty. My two pots became 4. plus I had some stalks fall off, which I also rooted and then planted in the ground once it was warmer. I’ll harvest those before frost and let those plants die. Take the pots inside and over winter in a window. Next spring, I’ll divide all the pots and plant most of the divisions in the ground and keep the pots going. It’s amazing how easy it is to care for once you figure it out.

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    Hi! I live in Lapland, North Finland. I wonder how often should I water lemongrass during winter since we have long winter and no sun at all for months. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot!

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    I’m so glad I found your website! I’ve now got 3 stems in water and 2 of them have roots, so I wondered what to do, came back to the site and saw the picture of them in a pot. Right, I’ll go ahead and plant them just like that. Thanks very much!

  • Reply Brian Michael M. Garcia September 1, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    I buy my stacks here in Arizona @ Lee Lee’s Asian Seafood Market… It cost about $1.00 per bundle of 6 stalks. What I do is clean the stalks, cut the tops, and put it in a jar… with it I include about a 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom Salt, 1 Teaspoon of Honey, and 3-4 teaspoon of Hydrogen Peroxide, and the rest fill it up with regular tap water…

    you may ask why I do this… well here is the Science behind it.

    Epsom Salt–> makes the plant more blush with greens, it promotes the production of Chlorophyl.
    Honey–> it is a natural antiseptic, natural antibiotic, protect the plant from rotting.
    Hydrogen Peroxide –> Here is a question… Why do plants like rain water instead of ordinary water…??? …Because when It rains water from the clouds pours down on us and the plants, and the water grabs an extra oxygen molecule from the oxone layer, which in then turns the rain water super oxygenated… so literally tap water + H2O2 = Man-made Rainwater.
    I would do this every other 3 days, and clean the jar and replace the fluid again for about 4 weeks until you see roots. Once it roots, replant it in the ground or in a large pot with potting soil.

    I water my lemongrass plant twice a day and fertilize it 2 a week. I made my own blend of fertilizer:

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    Rubber Tubings
    Airstones
    a 5 gallon of Urine (From a Healthy Person that is not taking any kind of medication, preferrably) + 5 gallon of water with Ground Sea Weed (Nori) fermented to about a week and a half –> aerate this liquid solution for about 1+1/2 days and … include ingredients with (**), and in a women’s pantyhose, fill the pantyhose with (@@), let it aerate again for 3 days… after 3 days, add the final ingredients ($^$), and bottle it and fill it in gallon jugs. fill a spray bottle and spray the folliage of the plants, add it to a grum of water, add water and this fluid, and add some more hydrogen peroxide and epsom salt and flood the plants with this solution 2 a week and water your plants with regular water and hydrogen peroxide 2 a day.
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    1 cup of granulated sugar (Brown Preferably) and or 1 Cup of Unsulfured Mollasses (**)
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    Earthworm Castings (@@)
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  • Reply Frida October 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Hi :)

    I want to do this! But when do I harvest my new lemongrass?

    I’ll be planting them in pots to stand in my sunny kitchen window :)

    Hugs from Denmark
    Frida

    http://www.fridaspeach.wordpress.com

    • Reply Shaheen October 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      When the lemongrass is well rooted and growing prolifically you can harvest the leaves – I’m not so sure as to when you’d ant to pull out the bulb – I wouldn’t want to until the plant is growing really well. : )

  • Reply rene February 10, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    How can I grow really thick bulbs of lemon grass for cooking. My lemon grass stays in large clumps of thin stalks. Cheers, Rene.

  • Reply Kaye Watkins March 31, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    My cat loves to eat the lemongrass so I have to keep multiple pots. Cat likes this much better than the fancy cat grass I grow for her… one dog also likes it

  • Reply Kaye Watkins March 31, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Hello people, get it at the grocery store, in produce. Pick up a ginger root too. Cut ginger root in pieces, lay on top of potting soil & you'll have ginger plants in no time. Both stalks are also good in flower arrangements

  • Reply Beam Jones May 2, 2015 at 4:13 AM

    You can skip the water rooting step, if you're willing to risk losing a couple of plants. I stuck 4 stalks into a large pot (because I'm lazy and don't want to have to repot once they are rooted), covered loosely with saran wrap, and within 2 weeks, 3 of the stalks were growing and multiplying. One just rotted away, and I'm not sure why… But by the end of the summer, the 3 stalks nearly fillled up the large pot I had them in, and was nearly root bound. I tipped it out, used a saw to hack it into 8 sections, and replanted 4 of them. The other 4 I gave away to coworkers, a couple of whom to this day still have a patch of lemongrass from the original stalks!

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