Use of Planting Lemon Grass on Your Garden
Lemon grass Cymbopogon citratus is an aromatic plant of the grass Family that is used to season foods to make an attractive taste and aroma. In the Asian countries notably the Philippines in which the native lechon is largely served, lemon grass is put in the pig’s gut before cooking to smell an aroma to boost the flavour of the lechon meat. Due to its powerful odor, lemon grass can also be great as a companion Harvest to your vegetable garden because it ward off some frequent insect pests.
Some insects do not like the smell of the plant consequently; lemon grass can also be used as an insect repellent for home gardeners.
Techniques to plant lemon grass
- Prepare the planting materials. Before planting you have to prepare the seed bits to create roots for success in planting. Cut the plant stem roughly 5 inches from the bulb end part. Separate the bulbs separately and put them in a container full of water for about 2 – 3 weeks to create their origins. Change the water every week to make it refreshing always to accelerate root growth.
- Prepare the planting area. While awaiting the grass plants bits to establish its root system in the germinating box, you have to prepare the area where you are going to plant lemon grass. First, see that the planting area has at least 5 – 6 hours of direct full sun the entire day. Dig the dirt making the hole 6 inches deep and 4inches wide square. Fill the hole with compost and leave them till the seed bits are ready for planting.
- Plant the germinated seed bits. In the prepared holes stuffed with Mulch plant 2 – 3 frozen seed bits in each hole and fill the remaining space with dirt up to the top layer of the plant base.
- Water the plants that are new. After planting them in the holes that are prepared, Water immediately around the base of the plants and put some mulch materials to keep the soil moisture while the plants are in their recovery condition. After a few weeks, the plants will start to produce long thin green knife-leaf blades. You will need to track the plant’s growth development until they are ready for harvest.
Lemon grass is a tropical perennial grass plant which does not tolerates cold winter temperatures. If you are in a cold winter place, try to winterize them by uprooting them cut the top leaves to the stalks and set them in planting pots. Set them in indoors with sun available at the day and warm water sparingly during winter. You can use the cut leaves for yummy Asian cuisines and brewing teas.