How to Grow Lemon Grass Seed

Lemon grass has a light lemon-like flavor. image by tatum mendoza:


Lemon grass is a culinary herb used in many Asian and Caribbean dishes. The grass grows from a root bulb, which is how it is most often propagated. Lemon grass can also be grown from seed if existing plants aren't available to propagate from. Lemon grass is a simple herb for novice gardeners that is quickly ready for the table; grow inside in a pot or in your herb garden so it is always available for fresh use in your kitchen.

Step 1

Prepare seeding in March. Fill three inch starter pots with a seed-starting compost or well matured garden compost.

Step 2

Place a seed on top the compost in each starter pot. Sprinkle just enough compost on top of the seed to cover.

Step 3

Cover the pot with a plastic bag. Place in a warm area to germinate, approximately 21 to 40 days.

Step 4

Remove bag once the sprout appears. Place in a sunny window and keep the soil moist at all times.

Step 5

Harvest as needed from grass blades at least six inches tall. Break or cut the grass blade off right above the root bulb.

Tips and Warnings

  • Lemon grass is sharp; wear gloves when harvesting.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Compost
  • Plastic bag


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Keywords: lemon grass seeds, herb gardening, container herbs

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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