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I don't see any seeds from my lemongrass.I get big stalks and huge leaves and plenty for my use until winter gets here,i have to freeze some for the cold weather.How do you get the lemongrass to go into seeds?Can you help Daleys fruit tree nursery?Do you sell this plant called clithoria, asian used the mauve colour flower to grind them to get the food colour and also come in beige colour flower.
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27th December 2012 12:21pm
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Xiem says...
I have had lemon grass for years and I have never seen it seed. I always propagate by roots. The cold weather will only make the lemon grass leaves die off; the roots will regrow when the weather warms up again.
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27th December 2012 5:03pm
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MaryT says...
My lemon grass seeded every year for many years until I chopped it back severely recently. Never tried to propagate it because it was a huge clump and was too big as it was and I don't use it enough. In Sydney it does not die back in winter.
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27th December 2012 5:46pm
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Brain says...
I think I can clear this up.

There is actually 2 types of lemon grass!

An East Indian type, which will go to seed and is usually used for tea and oils (and candles). It can be eaten like normal lemon grass but the favour is inferior. This goes to 2m and leaves are a bit red.

Then there is a West indian lemon grass, which will never go to seed and this is the type you want for cooking. It has the characteristic white stalk.

I know this because I made the mistake of buying a 'lemongrass', only to have it discovered as the East indian type when it went to seed. Who would have thought there is 2 different types! (Actually, there is more, lol).

If you search youtube, there is a video on how to grow west indian lemon grass from stalks brought from shops. Otherwise, you just have to be clear on what it is you are buying.

Having said all that, East Indian Lemongrass is actually quite good as a bit of a hedge and the leaves are good as mulches. However, the leaves have sharp edges so wear gloves or be prepared to be cut up. Also the root system in East Indian type is quite extensive and whilst attempting to break up the clumps, it broke my garden folk. So there you go :)



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27th December 2012 8:52pm
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BJ11 says...
I have a wonderful Daleys lemongrass - but I'm not offering it the appropriate microclimate and it is struggling under my stewardship.
If someone is confident that they can save it and offer it a good life then they are welcome to collect it from me (Kensington, Melbourne).
First in, best dressed ... my e-mail is Belinda(dot)white(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au
Please give my soon-to-be-ex lemongrass the love it deserves ...
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jmquet says...
You just need to wrapped lemongrass into some kind of paper and keep it on cool places so it cant harm from sun burn.
http://theepicentre.com/spice/lemongrass/
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