Lemongrass

Grow lemongrass for the classic leaves for oriental cooking or to make a delicious lemon grass syrup. More
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Lemongrass is the classic herb for Oriental cooking and is surprisingly easy to grow.

I use the grassy leaf of Lemon grass for delicious lemony tea and make subtle vervaine-like ice-cream and – similar to a late summer elderflower – a lemon grass syrup. The syrup itself is wonderful as a cordial and over fresh fruit (particularly melon) and vanilla ice cream.

Genus Cymbopogon citratus
Type Tender Perennial
Common Name Lemongrass
Soil Type Neutral
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 150cm (60in)
Spacing Space 30cm (12in) apart, spread 90cm (36in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow March - May in gutters or direct. Germination can be slow.
Care Tips Divide in early spring. Best grown in a container in a conservatory or greenhouse. Water sparingly in winter.
Storing This can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days, or cut and freeze the stem, or dry the outer leaves.
Harvesting A perennial herb that can be picked 6-8 weeks from sowing, from June - October. Don't be tempted by the old leaves, as they become tough and bitter.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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