Vegetables and Fruit forum: Anyone grow Lemon grass from seed?

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Mar 3, 2012 3:34 PM CST
I have to replace my lemon grass every year and was wondering if anyone grows it from seed?
Some years I have much difficulty finding the plant.
If so does it get to any usable size in one growing season?
I have found seed for sale and figure it would last me a few years.
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chelle
Mar 3, 2012 3:47 PM CST
I'm not much help in answering your question Cinda, but I'll be traveling the same path. I'm planting seeds for these for the first time this year. I'm planning on growing mine in a container, just in case. Smiling
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gardengus
Mar 3, 2012 4:16 PM CST
I haven't purchased any seed yet but am considering it .
Have you tried to overwinter the grass yet ? I have not had luck thought maybe trying the green house but it is not heated. I do have some verbena that made it in the greenhouse , but it has been a warm winter.
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gardengus
Mar 3, 2012 4:17 PM CST
BTW
did you get snow this AM?
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chelle
Mar 3, 2012 4:40 PM CST
I haven't grown it at all, yet. This will be the first time. I thought that I might be able to keep it over the winter indoors??

Yep. I's still snowing here, and windy too, but now that the day is about over it looks like the sun wants to peek out.

Is your yard filled with robins yet? I've really been enjoying them these last few days. Smiling
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mom2goldens
Mar 9, 2012 10:32 PM CST
Lemongrass grows pretty slowly from seed. If you can find some lemongrass with just a bit of root at the bottom (perhaps at an asian grocery) you can usually get it to root.

Lemongrass does overwinter fairly easily. I just take a few pieces that have some roots and pot them up and bring them in. You often have to cut back the grassy part as it grows, but it give you a real head start for the growing season.

Lots of robins here, too. We often see them during the winter occasionally when they come to our pond to bathe and get water. The red-winged blackbirds are back in force, too. They make the oddest calls.....

Cinda, I can't believe you got verbena to overwinter. I try it every year but haven't been successful yet. I really, really wish I had a greenhouse.
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SongofJoy
Mar 10, 2012 2:48 AM CST
I agree My lemongrass has overwintered well.
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LindaTX8
May 24, 2012 8:22 PM CST
I was reading that Jama Rosa is a somewhat cold-hardy variety of lemon grass. I wondered if that's what I used to grow. I mostly just kept my lemon grass outside in the ground...until the winter before last. Where I live, it's not so cold. But then it didn't survive that big cold spell. I need to find a replacement...maybe this weekend...I'm going to a big gardening event. I DO like lemon grass.
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gardengus
May 29, 2012 8:53 AM CST
I seem to have lost this thread , so sorry for not replying to Chelle and Linda

I did purchase a lemon grass and it is planted in the herb bed . I will try to winter some over in the greenhouse and house .

It has never stayed long enough in my garden to set seed , wonder if it is a long season grass?

Anyone have it go to seed?
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LindaTX8
May 29, 2012 10:54 AM CST
Someone told me that true lemongrass doesn't bloom and doesn't set seed. Mine never did either. But plants that are large enough can be divided or sprigs of lemongrass can be rooted.
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gardengus
May 29, 2012 1:41 PM CST
*Blush*
Well maybe that is why I never found seeds anywhere.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 14, 2012 11:41 AM CST
I'd be wary of buying seeds claiming to be lemongrass. I've grown lemongrass here for years and never seen a flower, either. If you pull a few stems c/w roots once frost is threatening, just pot them up and take indoors. It will overwinter very nicely. Should be a nice foliage plant if you can keep it in a sunny window.

Thanks for reminding me, my garden helper mistakenly yanked out the lemongrass, and I do need to replace my clump.
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crittergarden
Jul 4, 2012 5:21 PM CST
Anybody got some to share?
I'll be wintering it indoors.
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