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Post  sanderson on 3/12/2014, 4:09 pm

Martha, What did you do to finally have success with lemon grass?

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Post  sanderson on 8/12/2016, 7:27 pm

I apparently already started a thread on lemon grass 2 years ago.  This is what 3 seeds of lemon grass produces.  For perspective, they are in a 12" pot.  Lightly hot leaves, but Sweetie always likes to chew on them.  

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/13/2016, 8:42 am

Thanks for sharing, Sanderson! It's interesting to see how less common plants grow, what sort of space they take up. Do you have to bring it inside in your area -- or will it survive the winter outside?

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Post  sanderson on 8/13/2016, 2:04 pm

I only grow them as annuals, so I don't know if they would over-winter inside.

I don't bring anything inside the house. I do have a 4' x 4' greenhouse if I want to over-winter tomatoes or peppers, but I won't be doing that this year as I am thinking that OW may also be OW some pests or disease. Especially for tomatoes.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/13/2016, 5:03 pm

Makes sense. I've attempted to OW tomatoes... in a rather dark apartment. Having aphids inside is no fun, and the poor confused bees (mason bees I think) that I eventually understood were appearing because they were nesting in my pots... 

If I had a designated room away from my houseplants like your greenhouse I might try it with peppers, as I have an acquaintance who is really excited about his results from that... but if I had such a room I'd likely fill it with houseplants before winter hit!

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Post  walshevak on 8/14/2016, 5:11 am

Zone 8 here.  I have a neighbor that overwinters hers in the garage.  I put mine in the plastic greenhouse with the citrus trees.  But I have a small space heater in it.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/14/2016, 2:35 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote: Having aphids inside is no fun... 
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Amen to that!!! And fungus gnats or whatever they are called.
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Post  sanderson on 9/11/2016, 1:06 pm

Lemon grass harvest.  Washed, dried, and stuffed in spice jars.  I will probably give herbs and spices to the girls for Christmas instead of HM cookies.  (Photo may or may not download -  having trouble this morning)  

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Post  trolleydriver on 9/11/2016, 1:52 pm

Here is my Lemon Grass, started from a nursery transplant. I need to harvest it but I'm not sure what to do with it. The leaves feel very sharp but I think they can be used to make Lemon Grass tea. The lower stalks can be used in stir fry (e.g., Thai food). If I put some in jars like Sanderson is showing in her photo, what do I need to do to prepare it to go into the jars?  How long will it keep?  Can it be cut up and frozen?


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Post  sanderson on 9/11/2016, 7:39 pm

TD, It took me forever to put that grass in the jar as it was my first attempt. The dried grass has one direction hairs so when I would put some in, some would pop out. Over and over. This time, I chopped down the whole pot full (they have grown 8" since), carefully grabbing and gathering the base of the leaves as I cut. I washed in a large bowl, still holding on to the whole cluster at some point as I washed everything. Then spread on a clean towel to dry on the counter. Only took a few days. I plan (ha, ha) to grab as a bundle and stick in a jar and cut to length, repeat with new jars. This is my first year doing this so my story ends here. Should last like all herbs, fading over time. PS I still have some cans of spice I bought as a military wife during the Viet Nam War. I should sell them on eBay. . .

I finally got the photo to download!

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Post  sanderson on 9/11/2016, 7:41 pm

I see the photos, then they disappear Shocked

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Post  trolleydriver on 9/11/2016, 8:00 pm

@sanderson wrote:I see the photos, then they disappear  Shocked
sanderson ... I see your photos OK even the first one you posted. Thanks for the description of what you did. You are right about the one direction on the leaves. If you rub your hand over them they are like sandpaper in one direction and smooth in the other direction.

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Post  sanderson on 9/14/2016, 2:39 am

The new method worked! Stuffed the bunch in and cut to size. Squeezed more down one side, snip! Oh, the fragrance!

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