Lemongrass hardy plant
Lemongrass is a hardy plant. They are zone 10a friendly as long as you water them. They also love water. The more the water the more they plump up, bigger the diameter. I had some that were 1.5″ inches in diameter. Asian family uses lemongrass a lot. And every year I harvest my lemongrass. After that, I do lemongrass replanting either the same area or another area. Up to you.
Using one stalk without the blade leaves, maybe 5″ inches or so, smashed it with a blunt object, hammer, or meat tenderizer whatever your fancy. I use a mortar pestle it’s easier for me. Or I carefully pick 3 leaves, bend it into 4″ inches a couple of times and tie it off with the ends of the leaves. Viola, you got a bow of lemongrass leaves ready to be put into your soup.
I grabbed a few stalks mince it for a bit and fried it on oil until crispy take it out of the oil, let it cool and use it as garnish. Hmong people are a crazy bunch. We dip the end of the lemongrass in salt and eat it with rice and water! yeah, crazy right? But, I tell ya it is so good. Well, okay depends on who you asked I guess. My husband the Mexican thinks I’m crazy. LOL.
A list of what you’ll need
Today, I will be showing you guys how to thin out lemongrass then we’ll do a lemongrass transplant more like replanting. As I said earlier, if you follow me this far you know that last summer we went to Paris, France and while we were away my sprinkler system stopped working and my garden burnt up. So sad, I know, including my lemongrass. Let’s move on.
Have a square shovel preferably nearby so you can center the shovel in the middle of the lemongrass and pry it away gently
- kitchen scissors or sharp knife
- a bucket with one quarter (1/4) or water in it.
- newspaper option to wrap your lemongrass leaves.
- A box of 1-gallon self-locking bags (optional) where I live we still can get plastic bags from the grocery store. I use those.
- Trash can. You can put it in your compost bin.
Don’t forget that, caps, sunglasses, and tanning lotion. Just kidding. SPF Sunblock, any SPF up to 100. I swear some people have no sense of humor.
Harvesting the lemongrass
Lemongrass is pretty hardy. Like I said earlier I usually harvest mine every year. I have bags and bags of them from one bush. However, I’m not so lucky this year. While the sun walked into my garden and without water to control his touch my lemongrass was scorched a little.
Yesterday, I thinned them out and I have some that I want to plant in a different area this time.
The first thing you want to do is wear some heavy-duty gloves because the lemongrass leaves are sharp. I don’t know how many times I’ve been sliced by one of them. You should pull them out one by one right from the root ball making sure the roots are still in tack. You want to leave some roots in tack. I’ll tell you why later.
Pulling all the brown or dead blade leaf off of the stalk. Have kitchen scissors or a sharp knife handy. You want to use that to either cut the leaves off later. You can keep the leaves for soup later on. So you have your leaf pile and your stalk pile. Don’t cut the roots and leaves off of them just yet.
Pile them up on the ground after removing all the dead leaves. Okay now let’s see… Oh, nice pile. Yep, beautiful.
After harvesting the lemongrass
Now that was easy. Did anyone get sliced? Go wash it off with some soapy lukewarm water. Then come back I’ll wait. Oh, good that was fast let us move on.
While you were pulling your lemongrass I got some from my yard that I got yesterday. I have stalks that were brown and new shoots were growing out from it. I think It’s perfect to plant it this way because you know that it’s already growing.
This is the reason I ask you to leave the roots in tack cuz you’re gonna need it. Looking at your stalks, I hope you leave some with roots still in tack. Examine them to see if the lemongrass has new shoots coming out from it. If they do keep that aside, you’ll need that for replanting.
Okay, this is the fun part. We get to play in the dirt. Once again, we are going to take those that have roots shooting up from them and we are going to plant them.
First, dig up a shallow hole. Maybe 12inch in diameter. 2inch to 3 inches deep. This is the tricky part. Why? You want to plant the lemongrass laying down maybe 45 degrees not standing up. Why? If you lay 3 or 4 of the lemongrass down it gives room for the new shoots to come up straight while the mother lemongrass dies out for fertilizer. Which it will use as an anchor root ball for next years harvest.
Of course, you can plant yours straight up but it’ll take longer for new shoots to come up. Is it scientifically proven? No, just my experience.
Then it’s up to you to have as many lemongrass patches as you want. I have only two patches and it’s enough for me. Good looking lemongrass are almost 1 to 1.5 inches thick. That’s good harvesting. Mine has been 1/2′” only because I think it is too hot here. Just my opinion.
After you have picked out the ones you want to replant set those aside and wash the rest. After the lemongrass replants use something to cover it from the sun for a couple of weeks until it takes off.
Store them up for future use
For the rest the lemongrass that you are not going to plant rinse them. Let it drip-dry in another bucket or lay them on newspapers to dry. Bagging the lemongrass in the 1-gallon self-locking bag or grocery plastic bag. Then you’ll want to put it in the freezer for future use.
If you want to use one or two, later on, you will have it. They freeze individually and it’s easy to take them out to use. If not use gentle force it on the edge of the freezer or hammer, gentle force, and it’ll all fall out individually.
You’ll never have to buy them ever again. You can also give them away as gifts as well.
Thank you for stopping by. If you got any questions please post them on my comment section and I will be glad to answer your question to my best ability. Go take on the day and challenge the unknown.