Many plants are useful. Many are easy to grow indoors. Sadly, those two qualities aren’t always found in the same plant. Fortunately for us, though, in the case of lemongrass, this isn’t the case.
Now, if you eat Asian food regularly, you may be familiar with lemongrass for its seasoning purposes. What you may not know is all of the benefits of ingesting lemongrass. Kristen Duever writes that lemongrass “is used for treating high blood pressure, abdominal pain, vomiting, headaches, coughs and exhaustion.”
That’s a pretty wide variety of uses, so maybe you will want to start seasoning your meals with lemongrass. Unfortunately, though, lemongrass isn’t always easy to find in stores, and this is one reason that you may want to grow it yourself. Duever gives us some details about growing lemongrass:
Lemongrass is a perennial, which means if you live in a warmer climate it will come back year after year. It is also a tropical plant and lends itself well to growing indoors year-round or being moved between indoors and outdoors, depending on the season. It can reach between three to six feet but it does not spread aggressively.
It can grow in almost any type of soil, but does the best when it is planted in fertile, well-drained sandy soil. Lemongrass prefers constant moisture and needs a sunny location where it can get at least six hours of sunlight. If you are growing indoors and do not have a spot that is sunny enough, you can supplement the sun with a grow light.
You can grow your own lemongrass from rhizomes (horizontal underground stalks) or from stalks that come from a live plant. As a side note, you’ll also want to keep your cats away from your lemongrass plant as felines seem to be attracted to them. Duever gives this advice about harvesting lemongrass:
When your plant reaches about one foot in height, you can start trimming the leaves to be used in soups and teas. By trimming your plant, you also will be releasing more of its beautiful lemony aroma.
Stalks can be harvested when they are at least half an inch in diameter. Harvest them using a sharp knife and cut them at ground level. Do not try to break them off by hand, as doing so may damage your plant.
So, now you know many of the wide variety of benefits of lemongrass and that it can also be easily grown in a variety of climates (assuming that you grow it indoors if you live in a colder climate) so that you can take advantage of these benefits. With these aspects in mind, don’t you think you should consider growing your own lemongrass, too?