Lemon Grass, West Indian (Plants)Lemon Grass Plants
Product ID: 2957
The preferred variety for culinary use.
Compared with seed-grown East Indian Lemon Grass, the stalks are larger and more bulbous at the stem base. These bare-rooted plants can be potted up or planted directly in the ground. When mature, each plant will produce at least 6-12 harvestable stalks, and will regrow when cut back to just above the soil line. Complete growing and harvesting instructions are included with each order. Plants ship the first two weeks of each month, March through June.
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Latin Name: Cymbopogon citratus
Days to Maturity or Bloom:
Shipping Information & Notes
This product cannot be shipped to the following states:AE, AP, AS, AZ, CA, FM, GU, HI, LA, MH, MP, PR, PW, TX, VI, WA
This product cannot be shipped to Canada
This product cannot be shipped outside the United States or Canada
SHIPPING NOTES: - Plants arrive dormant and bare-root. Planting instructions are included with each shipment. - Plants are shipped the first two weeks of each month, March though June. You may choose your desired ship week or select the ship week designated for your location (by USDA Plant Hardiness Zone). Please be aware that by choosing ship dates earlier than the recommended date for your zone, there is a chance that the product could freeze in transit. - Plants are shipped by USPS. - We cannot ship plants to AZ, CA, HI, LA, TX, WA, outside the U.S., or to U.S. territories.
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Plant the lemon grass as soon as possible after their arrival, but avoid planting until all chances of frost are gone. If the plants arrive before you are ready to transplant them, or weather prohibits transplanting, place them in a cool, 40°F (4°C), location for up to 48 hours, and keep the plants damp. If you will not be able to transplant the lemon grass outside for several days or longer, you can plant the lemon grass in small containers and place them in a greenhouse or sunny window until you are ready to move them outside. Transplanting to the field: Remove any dead or loose leaves from the bottom of the stalk. Plant ½" deep in prepared soil — too deep will cause the plant to rot. Space plants 18-36" apart in rows 3-5' apart. Space the plants closer together if you will be growing them as an annual. Transplanting to pots: Remove any dead or loose leaves from the bottom of the stalk. Plant ½" deep in prepared soil — too deep will cause the plant to rot. To transplant into pots for resale, use one 2 ½" or 4" pot per plant. If growing in a warm, 85°F (29°C), sunny location, allow 3-4 weeks to a saleable plant in a 2 ½" pot; or 4-6 weeks in 4" pot. It may take up to four weeks longer for plants to become established in cooler (less than 85°F/29°C) locations. Container planting is a good option for northern growers who may want to overwinter the plants inside.
NOTE: Allow 14-28 days for the plants to form new roots, either if planted in the field or into pots. It is normal for the plants to appear dormant during the rooting phase. Keep the soil moist during the rooting phase, but do not over water. The plants will grow slowly until consistently warm summer weather arrives, and then they will grow very quickly.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. Lemon grass also prefers warm, 60-85°F (15-29°C), humid growing conditions. SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Lemon grass prefers a nitrogen-rich soil that has a pH of 5.5-7.5. Avoid heavy or clay soil types. Lemon grass grows best in areas with 24-30" of rainfall per year, so frequent irrigation may be needed in drier climates.
PLANT HEIGHT: 20-60".
PLANT SPACING: 18-36" apart in rows 3-5' apart. Remove any dead or loose leaves from the bottom of the stalk. Space the plants closer together if you will be growing them as an annual.
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 9-13. Lemon grass is a tender perennial. Grow as an annual in colder zones, or overwinter the plants indoors.
HARVEST: To harvest the entire plant, cut the stalks off at the base of the plant. The plant will slowly sprout new stalks. Individual stalks can also be harvested as needed by cutting or pulling them from the base of the plant. Harvesting individual stalks is a good option for growers who want to have a continuous supply of stalks, or for growers who want to harvest only the thickest stalks that can be sold at a premium. Prepare stalks for market by removing dry or woody outer layers and cutting the long grassy tips, which can be dried and used like bay leaves in cooking, off the thicker bottom portion of the stalk. Lemon grass is usually sold by the bunch with 4-8 stalks that are at least ½" in diameter per bunch.