Propagating lemongrass is a breeze

Propagating lemongrass is a breeze

Root lemongrass in water

Breeding the Asian spice from stalks that you bought in the supermarket or Asian shop is completely unproblematic. Make sure that the lemongrass is still fresh and juicy, then the stems will take root quite quickly. Cut a small piece from the stalks below and place them about one to three centimeters deep in a water glass.

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Change the water regularly so that the stalks do not rot or go moldy. After just a few days, the stems sprout the first roots. As soon as these have reached a length of two to three centimeters you can plant the lemongrass in soil.

Sow lemongrass

If you want to grow lemongrass from seeds, you have to use seeds from specialist shops.

When sowing, proceed as follows:

  • Fill shallow dishes with potting soil.
  • Carefully press the small seeds into the seed compost.
  • Moisten the soil evenly with a sprayer.
  • Cover with a glass or foil hood (greenhouse climate).

Lemongrass is a warm germ. The seeds need temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees to sprout. Nevertheless, the germination rate is only forty to sixty percent. Do not forget to ventilate the growing containers daily to prevent mold growth. As soon as the plants have reached a size of about ten centimeters, you can separate them.

Propagation through vegetative division

If you already have a large and vigorously growing lemongrass plant, you can divide it up in spring or autumn and use it again separately.

  • Carefully lift the lemongrass from the ground with the digging fork or remove it from the planter.
  • If the roots have not grown too close, you can carefully pull them apart.
  • Dense roots can be cut without endangering the plant.

Put the lemongrass in a sufficiently large planting hole or planter, as lemongrass will have numerous roots.

Tips & Tricks

Lemongrass needs a lot of light, warmth and a dry environment to thrive. The Asian spice plant feels particularly at home in a sunny spot on the windowsill, on a south-facing balcony or in a warm corner of the garden.