Post by Wheelgarden on Jul 27, 2020 13:35:24 GMT -5
Mumsey I grew the flexuosus variety this year for the first time. I've grown the citratus variety in the past. It's doing very well, loving the heat and humidity. Doesn't seem quite as large as the citratus was, but nice and lush. I hope to save seed from it.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: Her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 14, 2021 23:50:18 GMT -5
Wheelgarden One season years ago I grew the flexuosis variety, but after starting the seeds on 2-1, and growing the plants until just after Halloween, the largest stalks I got were barely 1/4", and the largest cluster was about 2 1/2". The citratus, when I've grown it, got huge - the largest cluster had 86 stalks, many of them 1/2" or larger. It is definitely easier, and more productive for me to root them!
I went to the Korean market yesterday, since that is right down the street from the orthodontist I went to. I didn't get much - really not short on anything in the condiment section, and I don't want to get anything that goes in the freezer! But I always go to the produce section - Asian stores have things I just don't see anywhere else! One thing I saw that I didn't really need, but I got some, anyway - lemongrass. I got it for rooting - 6 stalks, which is double what I need to grow about 5 years worth! I still have a bunch from 2017 Foodsavered in the freezer, many in small batches, and two large batches. I'll do that again, in the fall, and put the old stuff in a bag and label it as such - maybe I'll make a bug spray with all of it!
When I dropped off plants at my parent's house yesterday, mom left me a note saying that my aunt had brought me some plants and one of them turned out to be lemongrass. I'm a bit dismayed since I found out it's not cold-hardy but will attempt to overwinter it indoors. I'll probably use it mostly for tea.
Mumsey , I'll pretend I didn't read that as I still have seeds to start and don't want to add any more at the moment. However I'm sure seeds will find their way into the stash for next year. I did read up on a bit today while I was waiting and see that it likes to be kept moist, so will hopefully repot it soon and perhaps grow it in a pot with a water reservoir of some sorts.
Post by pepperhead212 on May 21, 2021 23:27:40 GMT -5
emmsmommy If you got lemongrass plants, it is probably the stuff from seeds - a different species, and good, but it just doesn't get as large, at lest not as fast. I only grew it once from seed, because I started it in very early Feb, and the clusters didn't get as large by fall, and the stalks were only about 3/16" in diameter, as their largest. That's why I always just root some of the large stalks, and 3 plants supply me for about 3 years, in vacuum sealed packs!
Post by pepperhead212 on May 26, 2021 14:15:04 GMT -5
Here's one of my extra rootings, which has ended up growing more up top in the cup than the 3 I planted outside! So I planted it outside - eventually, I'll see what ends up smallest, and pull that, and plant something else there, like dill maybe. I definitely don't need 4 plants, since even 3 is too much. One of my extra lemongrass rootings. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Aug 11, 2021 9:32:35 GMT -5
Wheelgarden I save much of the upper leaves, as well as the lower part that I will cook with. When I harvest them in the fall, I cut the roots off, and cut the lower parts to about 6-8", and trim them so they are ready to use, then vacuum seal them in Foodsaver sections, packing the equivalent of 4 to 8 regular sized lemongrass; mine's usually smaller, but I can use longer pieces. After packing most of the larger pieces this way, the rest gets packed in larger sections of the Foodsaver strips. The greens I save, too, and it compresses very well. I use 12" bags (which I use for few things), and cut the greens just undersize to fit in, and pack them in - it's amazing how they compress! When some is used, just pack it down in the bag, and re-seal it. They can be used for that drink I made before - it's actually stronger than using the stalks! Can also be used for an insect repellent - better than wasting the stuff we cook with!