I surface sowed about 12 seeds 3 weeks ago. Seeds were started in ProMix BX with Myco, 2" soil blocks. Blocks were placed on heat mats and under grow lights. 3 seeds germinated. The seedlings are about 1 inch tall now and super cute. I planted up my 2" soil blocks a week ago, and the lemongrass is now in 4" nursery pots. I know these plants get pretty large, so I am happy with my 25% germination rate. I plan to put the lemongrass in one of my largest pots.
I have been meaning to post about the fact that I started an instagram account this year as an experiment in documenting/keeping track...like a gardening journal...it is easier to comment on each photo in instagram. At any rate. All of my photos are in instagram, and I haven't yet figured out how to link up instagram with flickr and post the photos here. One day when I have time and I'm not at work.
If you want a photo, you can follow this link to my instagram for now.
Post by pepperhead212 on Feb 8, 2016 17:19:39 GMT -5
I grew it from seeds one time, but it barely got to 1/4" by first frost. So I buy some of the big ones at the market, and root them 3 weeks before putting them out. I start them around 4-15, and there is no sign of frost by 5-7, when they go in the ground.
I'd go with a piece in water from the market. Mine took quite a while to root and pot up but once established its pretty indestructible. Pick one that has a good amount of the basal root plate if you can. Have to use a pot as they can be quite invasive if you put them in ground at least around here and seem to do Ok with an occasional light frost. Very drought tolerant.
Not sure that the seed will give you the same variety as you buy in the market. West Indian vs East Indian, the east being the seeds and the west being the stuff you buy. But not sure about this so could be wrong.
Inland Southern California USDA zone 9b, Sunset zone 19
Possibility of scoring lemon grass from abandoned plot at the CG. Not sure what to do with it so I'll keep checking this thread.
If there's a clump of it, you can dig it up and plant some smaller clusters of it, and it will keep right on going. And if you want to harvest some, keep the larger stalks, and replant the smaller ones. It is very resistant to rough handling, and the only thing that bothers it is cold, for the most part.
Pretty kitty....what breed? Beautiful dishes ...that looks like a lot of work... Not for myself.
Lilac point Siamese, we've also got a seal point Siamese kitten as well
I know it looks like a lot of work but actually its merely a question of collecting the ingredients and blending. After that its just open a tin of coconut milk, add some chicken, fish sauce, veggies and stock and that's pretty much it. After making the paste its a really easy dish to make. You can also use ready made paste which should be fairly available if not quite as fresh tasting.
There are quite a few ingredients that may be difficult to obtain in a regular market, I can only do it as being in So California there's loads of ethnic markets close by. If that wasn't the case I'd use regular ginger instead of galangal, a pinch of dried turmeric instead of fresh and the zest of a regular lime rather than a makrut lime. I'd probably try and get hold of the shrimp paste online, but apart from that everything else should be fairly commonly available and even that I'd be willing to leave it out. Its really good if you've got a slight cold.
Heres a link with quite a few recipes using lemongrass, for main courses, sides, drinks etc
I'll have to try the mango and lemongrass milkshake