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Plant description:

Lemongrass has long slender foliage greyish-green in colour. Its an evergreen perennial grass, grown for its fragrant leaves and stalks which are used as a flavouring. It’s a typical ingredient in Thai cooking and bug repellent. Lemongrass essential oil is utilized in aromatherapy to renew the air, lessen pressure, and inspire the mind-set. Lemongrass is likewise utilized as a solution for insomnia, pain, and boost the immune system.

Family: Poaceae

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Botanical name

Cymbopogon citratus

Common name(s)

Lemongrass

Plant Care

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Origin

Foliage

Long slender foliage greyish-green in colour.

Planting Instructions

Plant lemongrass in spring to mid-summer and start with a purchased plant.

Maintenance

Keep well watered. Don't let the soil dry out.

Soil Conditions

Fertile, well-drained soil.

Uses

It's a typical ingredient in Thai cooking and bug repellent. Lemongrass essential oil is utilized in aromatherapy to renew the air, lessen pressure, and inspire the mind-set. Lemongrass is likewise utilized as a solution for insomnia, pain, and boost the immune system.

Interesting planting ideas

Cilantro, basil, thyme, mint, lemon verbena, echinacea and marigolds are great companion plants. All of these have culinary and medicinal properties. Also, lemongrass makes an attractive ground cover.

Interesting info

Lemongrass is used as a natural remedy to heal wounds and help prevent infection.

Propagation

Start with fresh lemongrass with the whole stem. trim any old leaves. Place the stalks in jars of water and change the water often until the roots develop quite long. Plant the established stalks in nutrient-rich soil with the crowns just underneath the surface.

Pests & Diseases

Common diseases include blight and rust. Common pests include aphids, whitefly and spider mites.

Harvest

You can begin harvesting lemongrass as soon as the plant is about 30cm tall.

When to sow

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