Planting and Growing Lemongrass Indoors

Enjoy refreshing flavor in your food and drinks, even in winter

  • Place lemongrass stalks in a glass container with 3-4 inches of water.
  • Put the container near a window that gets at least six hours of direct sun.
  • Check water levels often.
  • Once roots start sprouting, fill a pot with Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix.
  • Transplant lemongrass, making sure the crown is buried.
  • Water thoroughly, then place potted lemongrass in an area with direct sun.
  • Feed lemongrass every two weeks with Miracle-Gro® All-Purpose Water-Soluble Plant Food beginning a month after planting.

1. Where to Find Lemongrass Plants

If you can't find lemongrass seeds or plants at your local garden center, check an Asian grocery store or look online. Look for the freshest stalks, and if there's a bit of root attached to the crown, that's even better. (The crown is where the stem meets the roots.)

2. Get Your Lemongrass Started

Peel off any dead material and place the stalks in a glass or vase with a few inches of room-temperature water. Place the container near a sunny window. Lemongrass needs at least 6 hours of sunlight, so add a plant light if needed. Don't let the water dry up.

3. Transplanting Lemongrass

When you see roots start to sprout, you're ready to transplant. Fill a decorative pot with quality potting mix, such as Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix. Plant your lemongrass, covering the crown. Place your lemongrass back in the sunny spot.

4. Watering Lemongrass

Water until you see liquid coming out of the drainage holes. Keep your lemongrass well watered, but not drenched.

5. Feeding Your Lemongrass

A month after planting, start feeding your lemongrass plant with Miracle-Gro® All-Purpose Water-Soluble Plant Food every 2 weeks. Your lemongrass will repay you with leaves that can be harvested to provide a gentle lemon essence in drinks and meals, and inner stalks that can be used in stir-fries and other Asian dishes.

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