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Lemon Grass



Growing Information:

Lemon Grass

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun

PLANT HEIGHT: 18-48"

PLANT SPACING: 8-12"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 9-11

Habitat and Description


Growing Lemon Grass
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Sow lemon grass seeds from mid January through early March.
  • Fill a seed starting mat with moistened, sterile, soil-less seed starting mix.
  • Sprinkle lemon grass seed over the mat. Cover with a thin layer of vermiculite.
  • Place the mat in a clear plastic bag, or cover with plastic.
  • Place in a warm room out of direct sunlight. Lemon grass seeds germinate at 70 to 75 degrees F. Place the covered flat on a seed starting mat set at 72 degrees F. To be safe, make sure the plastic is not touching the mat.
  • Keep the seed starting mat moist, not wet, before and after the seeds germinate.
  • Lemon grass seeds will germinate between 21 and 40 days. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, gently lift out of the seed starting mat. Place the seedlings in individual 3-inch pots filled with sterile potting mix or compost.


Lemon Grass


The benefits of Lemon Grass

The essential oil from lemongrass contains myrcene, geranyl acetate, limonene and other elements that are considered to be beneficial. Lemongrass also contains beta carotene, an antioxidant which has been found to be useful in healthy cell and tissue growth in the body. The citral and citronellas components of lemongrass have been found to be effective in aroma therapy treatment.

The use of the leaves and the stalk have been said to render a variety of beneficial results. Lemongrass has been reported to have antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities, which can help heal infections both internally and externally. It also is said to have anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities that have led to its use in topical compounds for the treatment of wounds, insect bites and other skin irritations. It is said to have astringent qualities, which not only aid in the clotting of blood in open wounds, but also promote proper blood circulation and prevent contraction of hair follicles, gums and blood vessels.





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