Hello gardening friends. I hope all is well and your gardens are flourishing. My garden is thriving with the exception of my Lemongrass. I started them from seeds and only one tiny stalk came up. I was overjoyed to see his tiny little head emerge. I played my favorite Classic Jazz album to encourage him to survive; to no avail. He just withered away…..poor little guy!
I love growing plants from seeds. It is my passion. I have grown lemongrass from seed before and I will admit it can be challenging. Ah well….I will certainly try and try again (yes, I am stubborn). However, I highly recommend growing this fabulous plant from cuttings or even reuse a portion from a supermarket purchase.
A little more information about this plant:
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is tall and spiky. It generally grows to a height of 2-3 feet and the actual plant is made up a cluster of individual stalks. Lemongrass has a subtle lemon fragrance and taste and is known for its culinary and medicinal properties. Distinctly delicious, the bottom portion of the plant is typically infused with meat, fish and vegetable dishes, most notably, it is widely used in Asian cuisine. The leaves release a citrusy flavor, and certainly enhances multiple beverages; most notably, teas. My personal favorite is Iced Lemongrass Tea.
Iced Lemongrass Tea
4 cups water
5 Lemongrass stalks – bottom portions (chopped coarsely)
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Slowly add the lemongrass pieces and allow it to reach a rapid boil for 5 minutes. Reduce to low heat and let it boil for 5 more minutes. Strain the mixture and reserve the liquid only. Pour the sugar into a pitcher, then gradually add the liquid. Stir until dissolved. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour, then pour over ice. Will provide 8 servings.