Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus)

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Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 36 inches - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 24 inches - 36 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Uses: Culinary Herb
Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: Barely cover
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogan citratus)

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Posted by mom2goldens (Carmel, IN - Zone 5b) on Sep 29, 2011 5:13 PM

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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Posted by lovesblooms (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Feb 24, 2015 4:51 PM

Rooted in water this winter from store-bought stalks in about two weeks. Excited!

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