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Lemongrass is a small all-rounder, which is why it shouldn't be missing in any garden. If you can't get enough of it, you can even multiply it yourself.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) not only refines Asian dishes. It can generally be used quite flexibly in the kitchen. The stems are mainly used, but the leaves can also be used as a fresh and exotic spice. That is why it is always worth growing lemongrass in the garden yourself. It can also be easily propagated there. This can be done in different ways. For example, by root division, rooting and by seeds. If the natural conditions of the lemongrass are observed, even beginners will be able to successfully multiply and cultivate the plant. The three propagation methods mentioned are presented below.
Propagation by division of the root
Root division is a fairly simple way of propagation. It is even considered the simplest and most straightforward way of growing lemongrass. The division should always take place in the younger areas of the plant. You also have to be careful not to injure the roots, otherwise the divided plant parts cannot grow as desired. If you simply divide the roots as follows, then nothing can go wrong.
❶ The area intended for division must be cut with a spade.
❷ You can then lift the root ball out of the ground.
❸ You can now disassemble the cut plant part into several parts. Each segment must have sufficient roots.
❹ Then put the sections back into the ground immediately after the division.
Anschließend Then press the soil well and water the plants sufficiently.
The plant needs enough space. After all, it can reach a diameter of more than one meter.
Propagation by rooting
In order to multiply lemongrass by rooting, the commercially available stems of lemongrass, which are offered as kitchen spices, can be used. If you are aiming for this, you should make sure when buying that a small stem can be recognized at the base of the leaves. Then proceed as follows:
❶ Put the lemongrass blade in a water glass.
❷ Now place the glass in a sunny place by the window.
❸ You should change the tap water every now and then.
❹ After developing the roots, you can put the plant outdoors or in a suitable planter.
Propagation by seeds
Propagation by seeds is somewhat more complex. Sowing directly outside in our latitudes should be difficult, because the seeds need consistently high temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees. Therefore, the seeds of the lemon grass are preferred in plant pots in the room. Late winter is suitable for this. Proceed as follows when sowing seeds:
❶ Place the seeds in plant pots filled with seed soil.
Anschließend Then cover the seeds not with soil, but with compost. This promotes germination.
❸ Now moisten the substrate and cover the plant pots with a plastic or transparent film hood.
❹ The pots should now have a sunny window seat. There should also be constant temperatures above 20 degrees.
❺ If young plants have formed, they should move to a larger planter.
❻ Now continue to cultivate the young plants indoors and put them outdoors in late May.
Plant care tips after propagation
If the propagation has been successful, it is a matter of properly caring for the lemongrass. You should start from the natural conditions of the lemon grass.
The plants primarily need a lot of heat. Young plants can also spend the summer in a sunny and sheltered location in the garden or on the terrace. Adequate irrigation must be ensured.
You should water the lemongrass about three times a week. You should avoid waterlogging.
If you have enriched the plant soil with compost, the young plant receives a welcome slow-release fertilizer. During the growth phase, however, there is a high need for nutrients, which can also be satisfied with horn shavings, nettle slurry (instructions for making nettle slurry yourself) or coffee grounds.