The tangy lemon taste of this aromatic herb is essential for Thai cooking. The foliage can be used as herbal tea or chopped to add a lemon flavour to any recipe. The plant grows up to 1.5 m tall, with a fine limy green colour that makes it a great ornamental grass. It’s easy to establish by stem cuttings. Best of all, the citronella contained in lemongrass is insect repelling, so planting one near your patio would help keep the mozzies away in summer.


How to grow lemongrass in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny or part shade spot in your garden, with well-drained soil. Enrich with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed
  2.  Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds, 5 mm deep at 300 mm intervals. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well, the seeds will germinate in 10-14 days.
  3.  Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate
  4. Harvest by snipping or pulling stems at soil level – this will also help encourage leafier growth.
     
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How to grow lemongrass in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300 mm wide and deep and position in a sunny or part shade. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix
  2.  Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds, 5 mm deep. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well. 
  3.   Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  4.   Harvest by snipping or pulling leaves at soil level – this will also help encourage leafier growth. Sow successive crops every 3-4 weeks to extend you harvest window.

Yates varieties

Lemongrass

An aromatic grass with a strong citrus flavour.


Growing tips

  • Chives flourish in pots which means you can have some growing right outside the kitchen door.

 


More Plants

Tarragon

Tarragon is an essential herb to French cooking. It is very drought, cold tolerant & can be grown in pots or large tubs & can be harvested all year around.

Bay Tree

Bay Trees are versatile plants and easy to maintain. The aromatic leaves can be used for Italian dishes, stews and soups – yummy!

Thyme

Thyme makes an attractive ground cover & is perfect for flavouring stock, stuffing & sauces. Once it’s established, it won’t need much attention at all.

Rosemary

Rosemary is an attractive herb with needle-like leaves with lavender blue small flowers that are attractive to bees. Perfect to combine with lamb dishes.


Recommended products

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.