Growing Food

How to Grow & When to Plant Lemongrass in Your Backyard Herb Garden

Lemongrass blog post
Lemongrass is one of our favorite edible decorative plants that we have on our porch. It is not only known for keeping pesky mosquitos at bay, but it can add a tasty flavor to your food!

How to Grow:

You can start seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last spring frost and place them outside 2-4 weeks after your last spring frost. Make sure temperatures are above 50°F (10°C). You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Seeds are planted 1/4in deep. You will want to space plants out to around 1 every square foot. Lemongrass will need full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Expect your lemongrass seeds to sprout within 7-21 days. Lemongrass will require consistent moisture.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Banana Peppers Mint NONE!
Basil Sage  
Bell Peppers Sweet Peppers  
Cilantro/Coriander Thyme  
Hot Peppers Tomatoes (Bush & Vine)  
Marigolds    

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for lemongrass:

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Harvesting:

Lemongrass will be ready to harvest around 90 days. As soon as the lemongrass stalks are at least 12 inches tall and 1/2-inch thick you can start to harvest. Simply cut the stalks at the base or pull the entire stalk. Cut the grassy area off the bottom stalk and set aside your stalk for preparing.

Cooking & Eating!

Lemongrass is utilized most within Asian dishes. It can be used in teas, soups, stir fries, salads, and curries. Lemongrass can frozen or dried to store for a longer period of time. Dried lemongrass can store for up to a year!

 

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