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Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11 where it is evergreen (roots may be hardy to Zone 8b). It is grown as an annual in gardens or in containers. It is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but prefers full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils, but is best in organically rich loams with good drainage. Seed is difficult to obtain. Nurseries and seed companies generally sell starts in small pots. Fresh stalks of lemongrass (leaves and roots absent) can also be purchased from grocery stores specializing in Southeast Asian cuisine for rooting in a glass of water. Plant outside in spring after last frost date. In fall just before first frost, stalks can be harvested (cut off top leaves and save 6-" sections of the bulbous shoot bases) and frozen for culinary use during the winter. Several leaf sections with attached roots can also be divided and potted with top leaves removed for overwintering in a bright window. These saved sections can be then used as starts for the following year. Smaller container plants can be overwintered indoors in bright light locations.


Zone: 10 to 11

Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet

Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet

Bloom Time: Rarely flowers

Sun: Full sun

Water: Medium

Maintenance: Medium

Suggested Use: Annual, Herb, Rain Garden

Flower: Insignificant

Leaf: Fragrant, Evergreen

Tolerate: Black Walnut, Air Pollution


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