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Lemon Grass from seed

Isle of Wight, United Kingdom Gb

I am going to attempt to grow some lemon grass from seed in the near future, but I'm famously unlucky or rubbish at growing plants from seeds - much better with cuttings! If anyone has any experience or advice it would be more than welcome

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My friend just sent me this advice recently . Don't know where it's from though but it might help.
Sow from late January to March on the surface of a good seed compost just covering the seed with a thin layer of compost or vermiculite. Germination takes 21-40 days at 20-25C (70-75F). Sealing in a polyethylene bag after sowing is helpful. When large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings to boxes or 7.5cm (3in) pots. When well grown gradually acclimates to outdoor conditions and plant out in late spring 30cm (12in) apart after all risk of frost, in a warm, sheltered spot in full sun and moist, well drained soil. Keep well watered and give the occasional liquid feed. To over winter, lift in early autumn, pot up and grow through the winter in a greenhouse with a minimum winter temperature of 7C (45F). Keep well watered throughout the summer, just moist through the winter.

29 Nov, 2007


Thanks that help a lot

29 Nov, 2007


I grew some lemon grass from seed last year and kept them in pots until june,when I planted some of them outside. I kept five in large pots inside my unheated greehouse where I intend to keep them until next spring. The ones I planted outside I have covered with piles of grass cuttings to see if they will survive the winter. I pulled up part of one of them and they are forming small bulbs a bit like a spring onion. They do not seem much like the expensive lemon grass which I have bought from Tesco's in the past,but hopefully,if they survive,next year they will be sturdy enough to harvest. If they survive I would happily send you some in the spring

3 Dec, 2007


I planted half of the seeds in a heated propagator over the weekend covering them with vermiculite. I am going to leave well alone, maybe spray them with water occasionally to ensure they don't dry out. We will have to see as I am not successful with seeds, i'll let you know if I don't have any luck, many thanks

4 Dec, 2007


Fingers crossed Andrea. Be interesting to see how it works out

5 Dec, 2007


Yea!!! I have 5 or 6 little plants appearing through the vermiculite, I only planted 10 seeds so that's not bad for me!!

17 Dec, 2007


Yippeee great stuff Andrea! Keep going and let us know of the progress!

17 Dec, 2007


Yep, just as expected they have all died, think I know what I did wrong this time, didn't give them enough water after they had germinated

15 Jan, 2008


Awwwww never mind Andrea. As they say if at first you don't succeed .... buy plug plants lol

15 Jan, 2008


go and buy some lemon grass from your supermarket making sure the stalks have the root bulb on the bottom.

Put them in water with some rooting compound on your windowsill. They should root in about a week. Pot and keep indoors till the last frost has definitely past. Plant on into a large pot which will give the plant plenty of room to expand. It will, I promise!

18 Apr, 2008

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