Lemongrass is a great herb to grow on a balcony or garden. This page refers to West Indian lemongrass which is most often used for cooking. (As opposed to East Indian Lemongrass)
- Originally from maritime South East Asia (Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, etc.).
- Citrusy flavour (like lemon), slightly sharp and tangy.
- Ideal fororiental cooking, added to soups, curries, sauces and fish dishes.
- Days from seed to harvest – about 100 to 150 (3 to 5 months)
- About 90 to 150 cm high
This wonderful lemon-scented herb is an essential ingredient in oriental cooking, add to soups, curries, sauces and fish dishes.
In addition the woody stems are also great for making a refreshing tea.
Where & how to grow lemongrass seeds
Lemongrass is quite a fun and unusual plant to grow, however…
Lemongrass is a tropical plant that can get quite big – which is why it’s best to plant it in individual pots. It’s ideal for a hydroponic system, but we wouldn’t recommend it for aquaponics.
Sow in trays or use organic moistened propagation cubes like to ones available from Amazon (shown right)
Lemongrass seeds will germinate rapidly within three to five days at 18-21ºC. When large enough to handle, pot into individual pots and keep inside, or on your balcony or terrace after the chance of frost has passed.
It will take at least 24 weeks from sowing to cropping – so you will need a bit of patience. Although if you use an hydroponic system the time will be shorter.
- Plant in individual pots
- Optimal growing temperature is 22 to 35 ºC
- Ideally with a high humidity level
- And full sunlight or high levels of artificial light.