What is Lemongrass?

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) is a tropical plant in the grass family. Commonly grow for used in cooking because of its scent and subtle citrus flavor. It is also used as medicinal herbs.

Lemongrass is widely used in Asian cooking. It is often used in soups, curries and making teas.

Growing Lemongrass

It’s extremely easy to propagate lemongrass from stalks. The method I am going to show you is foolproof and work almost 100 percent of the time. Click on the video to view:


How Do I Propagate and Grow Lemongrass?

Lemongrass requires lots of sunlight and water. Step-by-steps guides for growing this popular ingredient.

  1. Root Lemongrass in water for 1 week. Replace water every day to avoid rotting, new roots and leafs will start to grow after 2-3 days. The stalks will produce roots better in water than in soil.
  2. Tiny roots will start to develop after few days. Once roots start growing, the growth rate can be staggering and fun to watch. Avoid direct sunlight at this stage.
  3. After 1 week in water, place the stalks cutting in pot with good soil mix.
  4. Water the plant twice a day for few days after planting so that the new plant is not under stress before more roots establish.
  5. Lemongrass will grow into large (hefty) shrub and ready for harvest after 4-6 months. Harvesting can be done anytime throughout the year, just twist and pull the stalks from the ground.

Root Lemongrass Cutting in water

Root Lemongrass cutting in water. Change water everyday. Tiny roots appear after 1 week.

Lemongrass new leaf

New leafs begin to grow after 2-3 days in water.

New Roots and Leaf


Some stalks divides after a week rooting in water. Ready to go in the ground. 

2 weeks old lemongrass

2 weeks after planting.

Lemongrass ready for harvesting

Under ideal condition, the stalks should be ready for harvest after 4-6 months. You can cook with it or use it for making tea. Happy gardening.