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  • Scientific Name
    Cymbopogon citratus
  • General Information

    Lemongrass is a fast-growing, shallow-rooted herbaceous perennial that grows up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It must be protected in winter because it is not frost tolerant. Its blue-green leaves turn red in the fall. It produces no flowers and is propagated by division. Lemongrass is used in cooking to add a lemony flavor and in cosmetics for fragrance.

  • When to Plant

    Transplants: Plant transplants in spring after last frost date

    Cuttings: Propagate by division in spring

  • Planting

    Plant in full sun or part shade.

  • Soil Requirements

    Well-drained, sandy soil as with other grasses.

  • Water Requirements

    Keep moist but not constantly wet.

  • Fertilizing

    Amend soil annually with compost.

  • Pollination
    N / A
  • Harvesting

    Harvest outer shoots a few stems at a time or break off the stem by hand

  • Storage

    Lemongrass is to be used fresh. It does not dry or freeze well.

  • Good Varieties for Marin

    Grow the straight species.

  • Helpful Tips

    In spring, cut the plant back to one foot. To reduce circumference, cut at base of plant with a sharp spade. New shoots emerge quickly. Grow in a container that can be moved indoors in winter.

  • Common Problems

    Harvest regularly as it gets big fast.

  • Pests- Diseases & More

    Lemongrass is susceptible to root rot. Avoid overwatering.