Cymbopogon, commonly known as lemongrass is a genus of Asian, African, Australian, and tropical island plants in the grass family.Some species (particularly Cymbopogon citratus), are commonly cultivated as culinary and medicinal herbs because of their scent, resembling that of lemons (Citrus limon). Common names include lemon grass, lemongrass, barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, cha de Dartigalongue, fever grass, tanglad, hierba Luisa, or gavati chaha, amongst many other
HOW TO GROW
- Go to a food market or where you can buy lemongrass that is in whole stalks.
- Look for as much of the root bottom as possible, but even ones with even a portion of the heel left on will root.
- Put your selections in a glass or jar of water.In a few days they start sprouting roots, but some may take much longer.
- Transplant directly into your pot or soil and give it good light, as with all herbs.
- Lemongrass is one of the grasses which roots at the node.A node is a place on the stem from which a leaf arises. If you get a section of lemongrass, even at your local grocer (even the big chains) which has even just one node, then it will most likely root quickly in water. Then plant in the garden, and in cold climates (zone 7 or colder), pot indoors for the winter.
- Lemongrass prefers a location in full sun for the best growth. If you intend to grow it indoors, or move it indoors in the winter, be sure to either place it in a window that gets six hours of sunlight or provide a sun lamp.
- Water frequently. It’s very difficult to overwater a lemongrass plant (it is accustomed to constant moisture) but it will not tolerate dried out roots. No need to keep the soil muddy, but definitely keep it moist. In dry areas, mist constantly with a spray bottle.
- Lemongrass needs lots of nitrogen in order to thrive. Use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer every few weeks but be careful if you are planting lemongrass amongst other plants, as many do not do well with too much nitrogen.
- White fly – The nymph sucks the sap and cause yellowing to the
- Leaves may dry out and drop off. The fl ies transmit
- many viruses to fi eld crops.
- Spotted bug – The bug sucks the sap from the plants causing wilting
- death of the leaves or growing tips.
- Rust – caused by bacteria or fungus.
- Purple leaf tops and sides – Due to lack of phosphate.
- Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, and exhaustion.
- It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent.
- Some people apply lemongrass and its essential oil directly to the skin for headache, stomachache, abdominal pain, and muscle pain.By inhalation, the essential oil of lemongrass is used as aromatherapy for muscle pain.