Comment concerning Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus): How long can you keep a plant going?

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Lemon grass is easy to grow; it is not picky about soil, but does like fairly consistant watering. It is hardy in zones 9-11, but can be grown as an annual in cooler zones. Beause it grows slowly from seed, it is easy to overwinter in a sunny spot or under lights. Simply harvest a few stalks from your plant, making sure that your harvested stalks have roots. Plant in your favorite potting mix, and keep evenly moist. The grassy top leaves can be cut back to keep them managable indoors. When the warm weather returns, plant outdoors once again and you'll have a headstart on the growing season. It makes an attractive background plant, but likes a little room once it is established.
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I bought a 4" start and plan to direct plant this for the summer. I am in Zone 8b so might be able to stretch the zone if I give it winter protection. I thought I would perhaps split out half of it in the fall to bring inside and surround the remaining in-ground plant with evergreen boughs and perhaps some straw. It may or may not overwinter. Your comment has intrigued me -- how large of a pot do you bring in for winter, and does it then keep bulking out like a perennial? How cool/warm do you keep it over winter? I have a basement which stays fairly cool but has a couple good windows (mostly on the north side so very little direct sunshine, but plenty of light). Or do you keep it in your normal living area? Thanks for any insight.
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