Lemongrass is an aromatic plant of the grass family used to season foods to generate an appealing aroma and taste. It is native to Srilanka, South India, and the Philippines but now grows in many countries.
Because of its strong aroma, lemongrass is also suitable as a companion crop to your vegetable garden since it wards off some pests. Some insects don’t like the scent of this plant. Hence, lemongrass is also used as an insect repellent in bungalows.
How to plant lemongrass
- Plan the planting materials. Before planting, you’ve to adjust the seed pieces to generate roots for completion in planting. Cut the plant stalk about 4 inches long from the rear bulb portion. Distribute the bulbs individually and place them in a vessel filled with water for around 15 days to develop their roots. Change the water every week to make it fresh always to stimulate root development.
- Develop the planting space. While waiting for the seeds to discover its root system in the germinating box, you’ve to develop the place where you’ll plant lemongrass. First, see to it that the sowing area has at least 5 – 6 hours of uninterrupted full sunlight the entire day. Dig the soil, making the hole 4 inches deep and 5 inches wide square. Fill the void with fertilizer and leave them until the seed pieces are ready for sowing.
- Sow the germinated seed pieces. In the planned holes filled with compost, plant 2 – 3 rooted seed pieces in every hole and fill the unused space with soil up to the plant base’s top level.
- Watering: After planting them in the ready holes, water quickly around the base of the plants and put some mulch materials to maintain the soil moisture while the plants are in their healing state. After several weeks, the plants will start to create long thin green knife-leaf blades. It would help if you observed the plant’s growth development until they’re available for harvest.
Lemongrass is a tropical sustained grass plant that doesn’t stand cold winter temperatures. If you’re in a cold winter area, try to “winterize” them by removing them, cutting the top leaves down to the stalks, and planting pots. Please place them indoors with the light available in the day and water sparingly during the winter months. You can use the cut leaves for delightful brewing teas and Asian cuisines.
With the use of a spading fork, get through the plant base far enough to reach the ground to drill the root system loosen the soil for easy pulling of the whole assembled plant. Cut all the leaves at least 6 – 8 inches from the root base with the use of a pruning shear or sharp knife.
Gather all the cut grass blades and tie them together with the size of around 1.5 inches diameter and 6 – 8 inches long. Place the knotted bunches in plastic bags and store them in the refrigerator.