Lemongrass Seed

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Essential for authentic Thai cooking. No need to go in search of an exotic market for fresh lemongrass when it’s so easy to grow your own! Requires heat, humidity and moist, rich, well-drained soil. Harvest the long, slender blade-like leaves down to the fleshy stem and use as you would a fresh herb. Some claim lemongrass has antibacterial, antifungal and fever-reducing effects. Use fresh leaves as a seasoning, in tea or even to repel mosquitoes! Tender perennial. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 5-21
  • Days to maturity: 75-100
  • Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow generously, ¼” deep in sterile planting medium
  • Transplant spacing: 8-12”
  • Produce size: N/A
  • Yield: Depends upon environmental conditions
  • Mature plant height: 3-5’
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes; can be overwintered in containers indoors
  • Year of discovery: Sometime in the 1600s; is native to Southeast Asia and India, but is believed to have originated in the Phillipines

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