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Lovely Lemongrass

February 26th, 2015

I’ve always loved the flavor of lemongrass, when I was a kid I always had lemongrass tea. Many years ago I read that you could start your own plant from a piece of grocery store lemongrass, which I did, but it never seemed to thrive. Last year I tried to start lemongrass from seed with no success. This year, I was determined to get the seed to sprout. After thinking about what the best conditions were, I decided a simple terra-cotta pot with a glass dome should give it the best chance for germination.
Lemongrass seedlings 1
Turns out I was right. I set the pot in a sunny window upstairs so it would get nice and warm every morning. That seemed to provide just what the seeds needed and they germinated within a few days.
Lemongrass seedlings 2
I’m pretty excited to watch these little seedlings grow up. I’ll be even more excited when I can harvest them and make tea and soup.

What fun things are you trying to grow?

6 Comments to “Lovely Lemongrass”
  1. Nebraska Dave on February 26, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Susy, I’m going to try to grow some giant pumpkins this year. I have the room for them so I’m giving it a try. The seeds I ordered and now have in my possession are seeds that come from a genetic line that produced the record breaking 1800 pound pumpkin. I don’t expect any thing that big and really don’t want one that big but one that’s a couple hundred pounds would be nice to display in front of my house during the fall holiday season, don’t you think?

    Have a great lemongrass day.

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  2. Jenn on February 26, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I grew some lemongrass from a supermarket stalk last year. I just put it in a little water until it rooted, then planted it out in my greenhouse. It’s survived our mild winter (UK zone 9) and I have 8-10 stalks now.

    Right now I have a piece of turmeric root on a warm windowsill & I’m hoping it will root. I’m hoping to have some ginger & turmeric to harvest next year. Then along with other stuff I’m growing I can make some homegrown curries.

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  3. Chris on February 26, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I’m not starting anything at the moment but as soon as I get to the grocery store to find lemon grass, that’s what I’ll be trying! :) And thanks Jenn on the turmeric tip…I have a piece in the fridge that I’ll take out today.

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  4. Susan on February 26, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I grew rhubarb from seed. I think it was a miracle cause everything I read said it wasn’t possible. But it’s still alive today!

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  5. Kristen on February 26, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    We have some pea shoots started indoors. My son loves to walk by and grab one and munch on it. I just planted a new batch to replenish our supply. They really are sweet and delicious. I just purchased lemon grass for a chicken recipe; I’m going to go put one of the stalks in water and see what happens!

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  6. Trish on February 26, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I am going to try this! I can’t find lemongrass in the stores around where I live.

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