Where to Find Lemongrass Plants
Get Your Lemongrass Started
Feeding Your Lemongrass
These days, more and more people enjoy savoring fresh, delicious lemongrass in teas or cooking. With good reason. It's the ingredient that adds a delightful tanginess to many dishes. In fact, lemongrass is commonly used in Thai cuisine. The plant has a slightly bulbous crown and can grow several feet tall. If you have a bright kitchen window, you can grow it right where you'll use it. Here are some easy steps to growing lemongrass indoors.
Lemongrass seeds or plants may not be at your local garden center. You'll have better luck buying stalks of lemongrass in an Asian grocery store. Regular grocery stores may carry them, too. Look for the freshest stalks, and if there's a bit of root on the crown, so much the better.
Peel off any dead material and place the stalks in a glass or vase with a few inches of room-temperature water. Place the container near the sunniest window you have. Don't let the water dry up. Lemongrass needs at least 6 hours of sunlight. You can also add a plant light, if needed. When you start to see little roots start to sprout after a few weeks, you're ready to transplant.
Find a decorative pot with drainage holes and fill it with quality potting mix, such as Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix. Plant your lemongrass, covering the crown. Water until you see seepage coming out of the drainage holes. Keep your lemongrass well watered, but not drenched. Place your lemongrass back in the sunny spot, and you are set.
You'll find yourself using lemongrass in all sorts of ways, once you get used to it. Snip off a little and steep it for tea. Chill the tea for a refreshing drink. For cooking, cut the plant to the base and add it to fish, stir fry, and salads. You can even try it in your favorite dessert recipes.