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Old 08-23-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Anyone else growing lemongrass?

I was just reading Harry's spicy pork ball rendang recipe and wondered whether anyone else is growing lemongrass, since it can be expensive and difficult to find.

I bought a small plant about 4 years ago and it's now about 4 feet tall. The leaves are starting to brown, so it's almost time to harvest. I'll pull out a bunch of the roots and freeze them, and continue pulling out the leaves as they brown during the winter. In late winter, we'll cut it back and start over again It's not invasive and makes a nice herb garden plant.

Anyone else?
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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I was just reading Harry's spicy pork ball rendang recipe and wondered whether anyone else is growing lemongrass, since it can be expensive and difficult to find.

I bought a small plant about 4 years ago and it's now about 4 feet tall. The leaves are starting to brown, so it's almost time to harvest. I'll pull out a bunch of the roots and freeze them, and continue pulling out the leaves as they brown during the winter. In late winter, we'll cut it back and start over again It's not invasive and makes a nice herb garden plant.

Anyone else?

Does it need a lot of sun?
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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Someof the asian markets around here sell it for dirt cheap, so Im lucky.

But I did grow some lemongrass a few years back and got so much of it I still have some in the freezer.

Though I have no problem finding lemongrass in the grocery store, I have not found it at the garden stores in the past 2 years. I'd like to grow it again.\

Youre right that its a pretty garden plant.
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Our local Market Basket carries it now. Things are getting more worldwide all the time.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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Does it need a lot of sun?
Yes, it does. It should be getting more sun than it's getting in our garden, but it's still doing pretty well. We had no idea the bay tree would grow to 20 feet! I actually suggested to DH that we cut it down this fall - there's a lifetime's worth of bay leaves on it and it's shading the rest of my herbs too much.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:30 PM   #6
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That's really cool, GG! I wonder if it would survive in Zone 5.
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That's really cool, GG! I wonder if it would survive in Zone 5.
Have I ever told you your little beagler is adorable? I've had 2 of those scamps.

Not sure where zone 5 is but mine did survive a mild winter in Boston.

But the other times I've grown it I harvested and froze it in October.
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Have I ever told you your little beagler is adorable? I've had 2 of those scamps.

Not sure where zone 5 is but mine did survive a mild winter in Boston.

But the other times I've grown it I harvested and froze it in October.
Thanks! Your dawg is adorable too!

Will give it a try if I can find it. I think Boston is Zone 6.
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That's a really nice looking plant GG! My first experience cooking with it was recently in Hawaii, where we had a condo and a nice kitchen with some growing outside the door. When I returned home, I planted some in a pot and it's doing well on the patio. I'd like to use it more. Would you care to share a recipe?
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I grow lemongrass and kaffir lime in pots. You need a sunny location and plenty of water. Indoors in winter.

Both are excellent plants. Lemongrass roots if you stick as stalk in water. Lime not so much.
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