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Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citratus

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Lemongrass is part of the Cymbopogon genus and its scientific name is Cymbopogon citratus.

This is a grass that when the leaves are crushed the air will be filled with the scent of fresh lemon. Grows as a perennial in warm climates and as an annual in temperate and frigid zones.

The mature flowers are of a clustered form.

It is a flowering edible grass / herb that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year.

Lemongrass is known for its mat-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.00 metres (3.25 feet). This plant tends to bloom and harvest throughout the year.

Popular varieties of Lemongrass with home gardeners are East Indian and West indian lemon grass.

India is believed to be where Lemongrass originates from.

This plant tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for Lemongrass is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Lemongrass have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Lemongrass

  • Full Sun

    OR
  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Water and mulch well during hot summers and feed with well-rotted manure in early spring.


Hard frosts will destroy the roots and leaves.


Preferred climate: wet subtropics to tropical coast.
Protect the plant base during winter months.best planted in sandy loam soils in large pots.less watering during freezing months to protect tissue from frost damage.pots made of plastic is good insulator compared to ceramics.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 9 - Zone 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Lemongrass requires a loamy, potting mix and silty soil with a ph of 5.1 - 8.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Lemongrass is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Lemongrass to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Lemongrass from seed

Propagate new plants by dividing clumps into groups of two or three stolons so that some roots are attached to each piece. Late winter or spring.


In tropical regions, new plants can be grown by placing a stem into water until roots begin to grow and then planting.


It can also be grown successfully into temperate regions as long as plants have a sheltered, warm sunny position with plenty of water in summer.

Ensure a seed sowing distance of 1.62 feet (50.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 17°C / 63°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Lemongrass

Tanglad or lemon grass grows well in fine sandy loam .keep soil moist and positioned in direct sunlight.during winter keep the plant inside the lighted room or greenhouse with constant temp. Of 18C.need less watering when air is cool.

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 16°C / 61°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Lemongrass is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Lemongrass

Cut leaves near the base or ground.this will encourage the plant apex to produce younger leaves.need frequent watering after trimming of leaves. Harvested leaves can be air dried and stored inside the storage room with 12 C temp. Or below.The dried leaves can be used in tea or cold juices.

Seed Saving Lemongrass

Tanglad aka lemongrass seldom produce flowers and fruits which is opposite to the growth/flowering of taller citronella grass.

How long does Lemongrass take to grow?

These estimates for how long Lemongrass takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Lemongrass Etymology

Cymbopogon comes from greek pogon (beard) and kymbe (boat), which refers to the shape of the flower.

Lemongrass Folklore & Trivia

Commonly used in Thai cooking, as well as being a popular ingredient in many other Asian and Caribbean dishes.adobo or humba dish of south east asia become exotic because of tanglad or lemongrass leaves.Try to boil fish or chicken meat in with the lemongrass leaves and that unwanted smell or taste will disappear.Horse meat or other meat with strong smell can be cooked with these leaves (need to be drained)before frying in oil with garlic and ginger.

Other names for Lemongrass

Tanglad, Balin, Heung maau tso, Cang mao, Xiang mao cao, Serai, Sereh, Remon gurasu, Sloeuk krey, Bai mak nao, Houa si khai , Ta krai, Xa, Sa, West indian lemongrass, Lemon grass, Barbed wire grass, Silky heads, , Fever grass, Hierba luisa

Andropogon citratus

Misspellings: Cymbopogon citrates

Latest Lemongrass Reviews

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