Our lemongrass plants have been grown in 9cm pots with an established main stem and full root system and are offered for sale as soon as additional new shoots begin to appear.
The plants should ideally be potted on into a one litre pot and allowed to develop a 'mother plant' from which stems can be separated although there is no harm in the sensible harvesting of leaves and stalks as the plants grows.
East Indian lemongrass (also known as Cochin or Malabar grass) is native to India and grows naturally in dense clumps of up to 2 meters in diameter with leaves up to 1 meter long. The Lemongrass plants need a warm, humid climate in full sun – they are a tender perennial and will not tolerate a frost and so are best grown in pots so that they can be brought indoors over winter. They grow well in sandy soils with adequate drainage. Since the plants rarely flower or set seed, propagation is by root or plant division.
The East Indian Strain of lemongrass is very fragrant and used extensively for cooking, aromatherapy and potpourris. The fresh leaves have been traditionally used in Thai, Vietnamese and Caribbean cooking for many years. The herb is frequently used in curries as well as in seafood soups. The light lemon flavour of this grass blends well with garlic, chilies, and cilantro. This is a very pungent herb and is normally used in small amounts.
Both the leaf and stalks of lemongrass can be harvested regularly from the clumps for around 5-7 years before a fresh plant is normally required (just separate a new stem with roots and grow it on!).
Lemongrass is also used in herbal teas and other non-alcoholic beverages, in baked goods, and in confections.
Oil from lemongrass is widely used as a fragrance in perfumes and cosmetics, such as soaps and creams. Citral, extracted from the oil, is used to flavour soft drinks, in scenting soaps and detergents, as a fragrance in perfumes and cosmetics and Citronella insect repellant.
IN STOCK NOW AND AVAILABLE BY POST @ £3.99 Each + P&P.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements and a quote with p&P will be calculated. Saving the cost of postage by selecting and collecting your plants in person (by appointment) is also welcomed if practical for you.