This is one of my all time favorite herbs to grow as it just has so many uses for me.
What do I use it for?
Well, I make hot and cold teas, also for cooking in Asian dishes and I even collect the seed to give our Budgie "Budgie Boy" to eat, he loves it.
Although, sometimes I think I should kep the seed for new plants, but you can divide the clumps, so it doesn't really matter.
So, how do we grow this lovely aromatic herb? Well, it's not really all that hard, you do need a lot of sun.
4 hours full sun minimum is needed to grow this herb successfully. To be honest if you can give this plant full sun all day, then that's even better.
Lemongrass also needs lots of water, so if water is a bit scarce then try and plant in a moist low spot in your garden.
I also recommend that you chop it back a lot to promote nice fresh green healthy growth.
Growing in Temperate areas: This guy hates the cold and if you live in an area that has harsh winters, then the only way this plant will survive is by bringing it indoors, or growing in a greenhouse or mini greenhouse. The other option is to buy a new plant each spring as it does grow very quickly.
Growing Lemongrass in containers: This is how I grow my Lemongrass at home and I get more than enough leaf growth to support my tea habit. Just recently I started mixing other herbs and flowers in combination, but that's another blog post.
You need a very large container for successful growth, about the same size for growing Tomatoes. My pot is approximately 50cm high and about 40cm in width. There is 2.5cm to an inch, so you do the math, but if you can get a bigger container then this that just may be even better.
Water: Water everyday as this guy drinks like you wouldn't believe. Containers plantings need a tray of water underneath, so it can access the water easily and readily.
Fertilize: If you have a worm farm, use the worm wee about every two weeks. High nitrogen fertilizers work well for maximum leaf growth, and apply seaweed and fish emulsion from time to time. Remember if you are cooking and drinking from this plant it's best to use organic fertilizers, for better flavor and health for you and your plant.
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