Also known as West Indies Lemongrass, originally from Malaysia, with big stalks, strong flavours and fragrancy smells when sliced. Do not mistake this as Citronella as they are two completely different species. This one is a large Asian variety hardly available elsewhere in NZ.
The lemongrass plant is a culinary herbs native of East India, and widely used in Asian, Caribbean and Mexican cuisine. Known for its light, lemony flavor, it adds the same fruity citrus taste as an actual lemon, without any bitter consequences.
Full sun or part shade
Need regular watering during summer.
It grows in all soil types, preferably in light and well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Best to grow in a large pot as they will spread out.
Liquid fertiliser during growing season around Spring to late summer. 3-4 times a year with old chicken manure.
Need protection from frost. Dormant around winter, plant can die off if too much water then come back on the following growth season.
Trim in early spring after frosts have passed to 15cm to encourage fresh foliage to develop