Here’s how you can grow Lemon grass from seed. From seed to established plant, Lemongrass needs very little care.
Tropical grasses thrive in hot weather, such as Lemon grass. Growing this grass in containers or a greenhouse would be ideal. Perennials can be grown in mild climates. However, over the winter, soil moisture must be tested, and frost is protected.
Aside from this, it is somewhat tricky to grow, yet the reward is fresh, intensely aromatic stalks with a small carbon footprint. With the help of these helpful tips, we will show you how to grow Lemon grass from seed.
How to Grow Lemon grass from Seeds?
- Blend compost and cocopeat well with fine coconut fiber to create a moist seed tray. Compact the left gap between the top of the tray and the ground by about 1/2 to 1 centimeter.
- It would help if you sowed lemongrass seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart. Spread the soil mixture evenly over the bases.
- A spray bottle filled with water will grow the lemon grass seeds. Make sure the soil surface is moisten with light misting.
- As you stretch the plastic wrap over the tray, seal the edges. Ensure that the tray receives plenty of sunlight.
- Water the lemon grass seeds once a week by removing the plastic wrap. Make sure the soil is moist to 1/2 to 1 inch below the surface.
- Within 10 – 30 days, you will see germination. Once the lemon grass seeds reach 1 inch in height, remove the plastic wrap.
The Best Ways To Grow & Maintain Lemon grass
A region with hot, wet summers and warm, dry winters is ideal for Lemongrass. Frost will likely threaten this plant in these locations, so be sure to either choose a sheltered spot or grow in a pot that can be moved.
- When possible, Lemo ngrass prefers rich, free-draining soil. Composter and manure will improve poor soil. Clay soils can benefit from eco-flo gypsum.
- Lemon grass prefers to be expose to full sun for at least half of each day.
- You can be grow Seeds, plants, or existing clumps as Lemon grass. Spring is an excellent time to sow the seed and wet it down with eco-seaweed. Typically, seeds germinate in 14 to 25 days.
- Vigorous seedlings can be transfer into individual small pots and grown on until they reach a height of 15-20cm. At this point, they can be placed in a pool or garden. It is also possible to buy young plants from nurseries almost year-round, but these will establish more quickly in spring or summer.
- A clump can be divided best in spring. To cut into smaller sections, either dig out the entire cluster or slice off the shorter side. Using either method, be sure to keep a good amount of roots with each section of Lemon grass. Make sure you remove any dead leaves/stalks and cut the remaining stalks at about half their height. Make sure your plant gets a good watering with eco-seaweed.
- Plants will grow best if they are well-watered during the summer and fed with eco-seaweed and eco-amino gro every 2 to 4 weeks.
If your clump gets messy or overgrown during late winter, you can cut it back hard to encourage fresh new growth. It would help if you allowed browning to occur in winter in colder areas until springtime. To qualify for further growth in the spring, prune it. Winter watering is not recommended.
How to Harvest Lemongrass?
When cooking, remove the white stem base from the main plant, as the whole you don’t need stalk. You can chop the leaves after pulling off the outer layers of leaves. Tea made from Lemon grass can be made by trimming a few green leaves from the stem but leaving the central green stalk. In a hot water bath, cut the green leaves into small pieces.
While Lemon grass can be harvested at any time, plant growth occurs most during the warm months. During winter, harvesting will be difficult if you have a small plant since it will take time for replacement growth to happen.
Tips To Grow Lemon Grass
1. Maintain adequate humidity and moisture around lemongrass plants as they develop.
2. Any USDA zone 10-12 will allow you to grow Lemongrass. Growing Lemongrass from seeds is best in cooler seasons when temperatures are around 70 F.
3. From cuttings, you can cultivate Lemongrass better than from seeds.