Lemongrass,also known as Capim-cidrao,Fever Tea,Melissa Grass,and Sereh,is native to tropical Southeast Asia.
- Basic Botanical Info of Lemongrass.
- Introduction and Plant Description:Cymbopogon Schoenanthus.
- How to grow lemongrass.
- Lemongrass Main constituents and Phytochemicals.
- Lemon grass and its Origin:Cymbopogon Schoenanthus.
- How to Use Lemongrass.
- Pharmacology and Activities:Lemongrass Actions and Indications.
- Herbal remedies using Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus).
- Medicinal Uses of Lemongrass.
- Lemon Grass Preparations and Use Guide.
- Administration and Suggestions:Lemongrass.
- Using Lemongrass Essential oil.
- Research Update:lemongrass.
How to grow lemongrass.:
Features: Also known as citronella grass, lemon grass is a sweet scented perennial grass of tropical regions widely used in Asian cooking. The narrow, ribbon-like, leafy stalks grow in clumps that reach 1 m (3 ft) or more in height.The leaves swell slightly at the base to form a fleshy stolon or underground stem. The stem is white and is also edible. The edges of mature leaves are rough and can be quite sharp, it's easy to get cut fingers when harvesting them.
Climate: Lemon grass prefers to grow in warm to tropical regions but will grow in cooler areas if the frosts are not too severe and if the plant is heavily mulched in autumn to protect it throughout winter.
Aspect: Outside tropical areas, lemon grass needs a protected, sunny position. In cooler climates it can be grown in a container in a greenhouse or on a sunny, protected deck,these conditions provide enough humidity to simulate its natural environment.
Soil: Rich, fertile soils. Add plenty of organic matter in the form of compost, leaves, straw or decayed animal manures to the soil before planting and mulch constantly throughout the season to retain moisture levels.
Climates: Common to Southeast Asia, Lemongrass is cultivated throughout the warm tropical climates of the world. Grow as an annual, or in the greenhouse.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates) is fast becoming a fashionable herb best known for putting the lemony zip in Southeast Asian cuisine. Slices of fresh stalks are added to soups, salads and seafood dishes. Dried leaves and bits are also widely used medicinally or as a tea.
But lemongrass is still the new kid in town and hasn't made it into my local garden shops up here in the great white north. Thankfully, despite its exotic reputation, lemongrass is easy to grow and can be started from stalks purchased cheaply in the produce section of most large supermarkets or Asian food stores. I bought a bunch of mature stalks for about a buck and had a pot growing on my windowsill in a few weeks.
Planting: Sow seeds in spring and summer in trays or pots, then into garden if required. Lightly cover seed and keep potting medium moist,not wet, until germination in 5 to 15 days. Sow seeds sparingly,not too thick. Protect seedlings from snails.
Lemon grass rarely flowers. An alternative to seed is to plant commercially purchased rootstock or to propagate from mature plants in winter or spring. To do this, divide the mature plant, breaking off portions from the outer edge of the clump below soil level. Make sure each piece has a root attached to it. It is sometimes easier to remove the plan from its pot and divide it, and then replant the separated pieces.
You can also strike a piece bought from a fruiterer. Look for a piece that is fresh, with a good fleshy base (good luck trying to find fresh lemongrass!). Insert it straight into moist potting mix, then keep the pot in a warm, shady place. Roots generally form within two or three weeks.
Lemon grass is an untidy grower, but you can keep it presentable by trimming the foliage back in spring. In areas with cool winters, prune back to about 15 cm tall in early May.
Watering: Water well as this plant requires a great deal of water, especially during the earlier stages of its growth.
Fertilising: In spring and summer apply liquid or soluble fertilizer monthly.
Problems: Lemon grass is not attacked by any particular pests or diseases.
Picking: Pick leaves or remove portions of the stem in summer as required.
Storage: Harvested portions will keep in the fridge wrapped in plastic for up to two weeks. Lemon grass cannot be dried.
Freezing: Can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to six months.
- 1.Lemongrass,also known as Capim-cidrao,Fever Tea,Melissa Grass,and Sereh,is native to tropical Southeast Asia.
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