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An attractive, large, broad-leafed, tussock-forming grass native to western Malesia that makes an attractive ornamental and is widely used as a source of citronella oil for use in cosmetics, cleaning products, candles and similar commodities. It is also used in traditional medicine and in the kitchen like lemon grass. Very easy to grow in warm temperate and tropical climates.
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Sowing and Growing; Citronella Grass is easily started from seed, but the seed must be kept refrigerated or very cool at all times for germination and storage. If you purchase new seed, it should be refrigerated for about 4 weeks first to encourage germination. Start seeds indoors in late winter to plant out after danger of frost has passed.
Like most grasses, lemongrass prefers warmth, full sun, and rich, moist but free draining soil. It cannot tolerate standing water. Being a grass, some monthly high nitrogen fertilizer or chicken manure pellets help plant vigour; Plants can grow to 3 ft tall so site with care and place markers. Space outdoor plants 2-3 ft apart
They can also be container grown in large pots to house their large, thick root mass. Repotting may be needed. Does not thrive as a strictly indoor plant. If the potted plant becomes too large, it is easily divided with a spade as you would a hosta. Trim the leaves (save these for teas) quite short and repot.
Lemongrass can also be propagated from shop purchased shoots. Place shoots in a glass of water and change the water every day. In 3-4 weeks you’ll have roots about 2” long. Pot the shoots, several to a pot, in some good potting loam and keep evenly moist in full sun
Harvesting, Eating and Storing; Harvest when plant is 4-8 months old, or, about one foot tall. Afterwards, you can harvest every 3-4 months (kept indoors in less temperate areas) for about 4 months. To continue plant growth, cut the entire stalks below the white swollen ends and keep soil moist. Save fresh cuttings for teas.
Lemongrass is best used fresh by cutting individual stems from the white ends (base) and discard any discoloured parts.
Dry leaves in a dry, cool place then cut into smaller pieces for teas. Dried stalks can also be stored in an airtight glass container up to one year.
The fresh leaves are very fibrous and must be chopped finely then pounded or ground a bit in mortar and pestle to release their flavour. Once the flavour is infused you can discard the chopped leaves.