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Tips on How to Grow Lemongrass

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Lemongrass is an herb belonging to the grass family, growing as a perennial in zones 10 to 11 and as an annual in colder climates
  • The herb, a popular addition to soups, stews and stir-fry foods, may be started in water on a sunny windowsill before planting, using plants purchased at the grocery store
  • The most common disease affecting the plant is fungus, which may be prevented with appropriate mulching, watering and pruning
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Cymbopogon citratus, commonly known as lemongrass, is an herb noted for its distinctive lemon flavor and citrus aroma. Lemongrass may be grown as a perennial in zones 10 to 11. In these climates lowest temperatures reach approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. In cooler areas lemongrass is grown as an annual, but may be planted in a pot and brought indoors in the winter months.

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