How to grow lemongrass in our home herb garden?



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Lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus) – a perennial herb of the family of grass. The leaves of the plant contain a large amount of distinct lemon flavor and aroma, hence the name .

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It is cultivated and grown on a commercial scale in the tropical and subtropical regions – in Central Africa, in South America, India, Indonesia and Australia.

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There are about 55 varieties of lemon grass. Some of them are used only in cooking, others are used in the perfume industry.

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In appearance, lemon grass resembles young bamboo. The plant has thin, long leaves of light green with a reddish tinge at the bottom which may grow up to two meters in height.

 How to grow lemon grass in our home herb garden?

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If you are a fan of fresh herbs, then lemongrass definitely has a place in your herb garden. It needs a bright and warm place as well as regular watering.

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Outdoors the plant can be grown in containers and it will be both cool and useful decoration for your patio.

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In colder climates flower pots are recommended as you could move them into the garage or a covered area during winter period.

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It takes a long time to grow lemongrass form seeds. The easier way is to cut an inch or two off the end of the leaves and put them in a glass of water.

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If you placed in a sunny location or a sunny window you should see roots coming from the base within 2 weeks.

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When the roots reach an inch, the plant is ready to be placed in a pot or outside in the garden.

 How to use lemongrass?

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The daily use of lemongrass is mainly in cooking. There are thousands of recipes for Thai food, for example, using the aromatic grass as an ingredient.

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It is largely used in desserts like ice cream, for example for the delicate lemon scent. Lemongrass could be brewed to tea as well as it is very useful for human health.

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