Thursday, 29 September 2016

Getting the Lemongrass ready for Winter

Earlier this year I decided to grow some Lemongrass. I have written about this before, so this post is an update.


The last time I mentioned it was in June, at which time my Lemongrass was still at the seedling stage:


25th June


During the Summer, the plants grew steadily but not dramatically. This week I decided that since the first frosts of the year are probably not far away it was time to get the Lemongrass ready for Winter. All my correspondents have told me in no uncertain terms that Lemongrass is "tender" and not frost-hardy, so I think it is not sensible to leave it outside, or even in a coldframe. My plan is therefore to keep some of it in the house and some of it in the garage - which, although unheated, remains well above freezing.


You will have seen in the photo above that my Lemongrass seedlings were planted in four distinct clumps. I have lifted these out and planted each one into a separate 6-inch pot, using John Innes No.2 growing-medium. Regrettably I didn't think to take a photo before I did this, but here they are after the job:



As you can see, the leaves are now about 18 inches tall, and bright green. They are also very rough and sharp at the edges - not something you want to run your hands through!



Down at ground level the stalks are currently a deep red colour, and already beginning to "bulb-up" or swell at the base. I think they are a bit small to be useful in the kitchen just yet, but certainly doing well.




Two of these pots are going in the garage, which fortunately has a side window, next to which I have a potting-bench on which they will stand. The other two will be kept on the windowsill in our spare bedroom, alongside some chillis. It will be much warmer there than in the garage, so it will be interesting to see how the two lots fare. I hope they do well, because it would be so nice to have really fresh home-grown Lemongrass to use in our cooking!

5 comments:

  1. Hi Mark,
    So exited to know that you also growing lemon grass. If not mistaken the red color stalks known as aromatic lemongrass. Often used to produce essential oil. For cooking dishes we used the white stalk lemongrass.

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    1. Oh, that's interesting. I didn't know that there were different types of Lemongrass - I thought it was all the same.

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    2. I recently found out that the red one is actually citronella.
      My two stalks that I bought in the supermarket way back in April (I think) are now six !
      I wonder if I can clip the long strands of green grass just a bit shorter. They're nearly reaching the ceiling, from the kitchen counter top.

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    3. According to my research, citronella is the oil extracted from "various types of Lemon Grass", but I stand to be corrected!

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  2. Good luck. It looks like you will be on the look out for a white variety.

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