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East Indian Lemongrass   

Cymbopogon flexuosus

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East Indian Lemongrass is a plant which belongs to the Cymbopogon genus.

Citronella grass has longer leaf compared to edible lemongrass.citronella has 2 types, the green and red one while lemon grass or shorter form has green leaf and stalk color.

Leaves appear approximately as a   Grade 1 Paint Green and   Vivid burgundy

It is a flowering edible herb / grass that typically grows as an annual/perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more.

East Indian Lemongrass is known for its clump-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.50 metres (4.88 feet).

As East Indian Lemongrass is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

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

How to grow East Indian Lemongrass

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Sandy loam soil rich with macro and trace elements will ensure good plant growth in well lighted position and not too humid atmosphere.when fully matured flowers stalks develop particularly during cool dry months or short day months which is not common to lemongrass or tanglad plant.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is loamy, sandy and clay and has a ph of between 5.1 and 8.4 as East Indian Lemongrass is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that East Indian Lemongrass is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

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

Growing East Indian Lemongrass from seed

Young plants with roots are easy to grow in moist sandy loam with temp. Around 24C.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.16 inches (0.4 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting East Indian Lemongrass

Citronella grass or salay is easy to grow during wet months in sandy soils. Cut leaves before planting to control water loss due to direct exposure to sun.

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 12°C / 54°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as East Indian Lemongrass is a tender plant.

Harvesting East Indian Lemongrass

Cut leaves around the plant base or near the ground to give way for new leaves to grow from the top.Note that citronella grass is different from edible lemongrass.citronella has aromatic oil that is used for soap making,candle scents and oil scents.lemongrass is Tanglad in Tagalog that is used as spice in asian cuisines not to be confused with citronella grass(salay) with uses as aromatic oil or essence in oil base,soap and candles.The harvested citronella grass leaves can be used in aromatheraphy or as natural insence in remote places in asia.

How long does East Indian Lemongrass take to grow?

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East Indian Lemongrass Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin flexuosus meaning “tortuous, winding”

Other names for East Indian Lemongrass

Salay, Citronella grass, Cochin Grass, Malabar Grass,

Andropogon flexuosus

Misspellings: Citronella instead lemongrass. The correct name should be East Indian citronella.

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