Top Questions About Lemongrass Plants

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Questions About Lemongrass Plants

Asked by
stockman aust on
April 10, 2015

Q. how long for lemongrass to germinate from seed

I planted lemongrass 17 days ago and they haven’t germinated. How long for lemongrass to germinate from seed?

Answered by
shelley on
April 10, 2015
Certified Expert
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I think it might be too soon to tell. I read that it can take up to 40 days or more for lemongrass to germinate.

For more information on growing lemongrass, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/lemongrass/learn-about-growing-lemon-grass-plant.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 21, 2015

Q. lemongrass plant is dying after transplanting

Three weeks back I brought a full grown lemongrass plant from the nursery and planted in a decent size container but the lemongrass plant is not producing any new leaves and existing leaves are becoming brown. It is rainy season now in India. Please help me to save my plant.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 21, 2015
Certified Expert
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How is the drainage in the container? Is the soil overly wet? The plants could have suffered from root rot of this is the case. On the flip side, air pockets in the soil could prevent the roots from taking up water or nutrients, which could also lead to the demise of the plant. This article will help determine if the plant is alive or not: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm

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Asked by
Nanna388 on
July 27, 2015
Pueblo, CO

Q. Growing Lemongrass

I finally found a retailer that sold lemongrass so I bought several small plants. It’s not getting far into the growing season and now I’m wondering if I really got lemongrass or just an ornamental grass. If I send you a picture, would you be able to tell if it is lemongrass?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 28, 2015
Certified Expert
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You certainly can send an image, but you are correct in that it looks like an ornamental grass.
You can bend and scuff the lemon grass in your fingers and you should smell the citrus lemon smell. Even small plants should have the lemon essence.
I do find my plants slow growing to start and then will take off.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/lemongrass/learn-about-growing-lemon-grass-plant.htm

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Asked by
Sandymccreary on
August 2, 2015
texas

Q. Droopy lemongrass

I have my lemongrass growing in very large pots and about a week ago it started looking very droopy. What should I do?

Answered by
shelley on
August 2, 2015
Certified Expert
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The most likely cause of the wilt is under-watering - how have you been watering it? Is the soil dry to the touch? Lemongrass should be watered regularly. The soil should be kept evenly moist but not damp/soggy.

For more information on growing lemongrass, please visit the following link:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/lemongrass/learn-about-growing-lemon-grass-plant.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 9, 2015

Q. Lemongrass planted in yard

My lemongrass plant is huge, and I would like to thin it out. How do I do this? I tried grabbing one stalk and pulling it out, but it’s like cement. Do I have to wait for a specific time of year to do this? Appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 10, 2015
Certified Expert
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The younger plants are much easier to remove; however, it may also help to thoroughly wet down the area for about 15 min. or so. This will usually make the ground softer and pulling/digging of plants easier.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 29, 2015

Q. Cutting back lemongrass

We have several large clumps of lemongrass which have largely died off, probably due to the cold winter. How do I deal with them? There are some new stalks growing amongst the dead ones. Do I just cut it all back, or should I be pulling out the roots of the dead lemongrass? I don’t wish to replant any, as we have ample. But I would like to see the present clumps healthy.

Answered by
Doreen's on
August 29, 2015
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Yes pull out the roots of the dead lemon grass so that the new shoots have root space. You can also prune off dead ones leaving the dead roots in to decompose, not the best approach however.

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Asked by
wnwdr on
September 5, 2015
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Q. How do I divide lemongrass plants?

I have 4 new lemongrass plants that I planted this spring (after frost was over and I want to mention that I live in White Lake, WI – southeast of Antigo, WI). The plants have done beautifully this year and I will be using some for lemongrass oil, and try some tea recipes. But I was wondering how to go about dividing the plants for more plants instead of buying new ones next growing season. I understand that the correct time to trim back the plants is either late fall or early spring. Please any help would be so warmly welcomed. Thanks so much.
Renae Worden

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 8, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

You simply use a garden fork or sharp shovel and lift up the plants. They can be split by sometimes breaking them apart with you hands or sometimes you may need to cut through the root system with a clean sharp knife. The smaller plants can then be potted up to winter over.
Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/lemongrass/lemongrass-winter-care.htm

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