Herbs Lemon Grass Lemon Grass, East Indian

Lemon Grass, East Indian

Seed

Product ID: 768

Aromatic grass from India.

Essential oil contains large amounts of citral and geraniol, used for flavorings and perfumes. 6-12 stalks per plant, depending on growing climate. Avg. 72,100 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.
Johnny's Recommended Substitute
Aromatic grass with the chaff removed for a higher germination rate.
Aromatic grass from India with the chaff removed for a higher germination rate.
75 - 85 Days

Additional Information

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days.

SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow seed on soil surface and press into soil or cover lightly, as light aids germination. Moisten lightly and cover with a dome lid or other cover to conserve moisture. If available, use bottom heat to enhance germination. Keep soil temperature at around 68°F (20°C) until germination, or 68°F (20°C) at night and 86°F (30°C) during the day. Do not over-water. Transplant clumps into larger cells and grow in a warm place until after the last chance of frost has passed. When the minimum soil temperature is 45°F (7°C), transplant 3-4" tall seedlings in clumps or as individual plants outdoors. Space 8-12" apart in rows that are 18" apart. Keep moist and well weeded. Lemon grass doesn't tolerate frost. Rarely flowers as an annual. Can be dug an divided in the fall to pot up for overwintering indoors or start new plants each spring.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
Average or moist soil.

PLANT HEIGHT: 18-48".

PLANT SPACING: 8-12" apart in rows that are 18" apart.

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 9-11.

HARVEST: Harvest leaf stalks from the outside of the clump to use in cooking or for tea. Begin picking anytime after clumps are well established and growing vigorously. Use fresh or dry. To dry, place in a warm, well-ventilated location out of direct sunlight.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Cymbopogon flexuosus
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
75 - 85 Days
Life Cycle
Plants are either Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grows year after year), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Tender Perennial
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated
Product Features
Grows Well in Containers Grows Well in Containers
Variety does well when grown in a container.
Grows Well in Containers