Herbs Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass, West Indian

Product ID: 2957

Preferred culinary variety with a sweet, citrusy flavor.

We're sorry, this product has been discontinued and is no longer available. After many years of farming, our lemon grass plant grower has retired. We are actively seeking another source. In the meantime, we recommend our high quality lemon grass seed (#4074).

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.
Johnny's Recommended Substitute
Aromatic grass from India.
Aromatic grass from India.
75 - 85 Days
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This perishable item ships weekly from late February through early June. Add item to cart and enter your shipping zip code to select from a list of available ship dates for your area. If you wish to choose a ship date earlier than the recommended dates you must place your order by phone (1-877-564-6697). Physical address required for delivery (no PO Boxes).
Plants are one-year old at time of shipment and will arrive in a dormant, bare-root state.
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 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: Plant ½" deep in prepared soil. 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: Plant ½" deep in prepared soil. To transplant into pots for resale, use one 2 ½" or 4" pot per plant. Container planting is a good option for northern growers who may want to overwinter the plants inside.

Sun. Lemon grass also prefers warm, 60-85°F (15-29°C), humid growing conditions.

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.


18-36" apart in rows 3-5' apart. Space the plants closer together if you will be growing them as an annual.

Zones 9-13. Lemon grass is a tender perennial. Grow as an annual in colder zones, or overwinter the plants indoors.

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.

For full cultural information, please refer to the technical sheet, Lemon Grass: Instructions for Growing from Bare-root Plants.

Cymbopogon citratus

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Cymbopogon citratus

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

90 - 100 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), 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