How To Grow Lemon Grass

Do you know how to grow lemon grass? Honestly, I did not know what it was until David told me that this herb is the best selling seed on his Amazon store. I pack hundreds of seed packets containing this popular herb every week.

The seeds look like a pile of shavings from a pencil sharpener. The proper name is cymbopogon. This is not native to the United States. It is from India and Asia.

Prior to packing seeds for the business, I had never heard of this herb so I decided to do some research and find out why it is so popular and what you do with it.

I discovered that it is originally from India and is used to flavor Thai food. I enjoy Thai food at a few Thai restaurants in San Antonio so finding that out got my attention.

Lemon grass or lemongrass is also used to flavor meats, in soups, and as an herbal tea.

Believe it or not, lemongrass oil is used in pesticides. It is added to shampoo and acne medicine and can stop mold from growing.

It is also good as an antibacterial for treating skin diseases and to clean wounds. I read that it can even fight diseases like malaria and typhoid.

The light smell of lemon makes a great relaxing aromatherapy agent. Smelling it also reduces sleepiness, headaches, and the feeling of being irritated. No wonder so many people want to grow it.

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So I decided to learn how to grow lemon grass. Of course, I first went to my local expert, my husband, David. According to him, the seeds should be started indoors in small pots. It is harder to have success if you sow the seeds directly into the ground, even in warm climates.

Put several seeds in a small pot, like a CowPot. Keep them under a grow light and be sure and keep them well-watered. The seeds should start coming up by the end of seven days.

Once your seeds have sprouted, allow your plants to grow indoors for several weeks before transplanting directly into the ground. They should be at least six inches tall before you plant them outside. It is okay to plant them in a large pot so that you can carry them inside when the weather starts to turn cold if you living in a cold climate.

Lemongrass needs full sun and rich soil to grow well. Space your plants at least a foot apart. Lemongrass plants are ready for harvest after 70 days.

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