Lemon grass is a useful tropical herb with a citrusy aroma and tender touch. It is a perennial grass also known as Cymbopogon or China grass, found in Australian, Asian, African, and tropical islands. The plant has long, shiny leaves that are similar to seagrasses. It has a strong antimicrobial and therapeutic value. It is easy to cultivate at the domestic as well as commercial level. Its commercial production is rapidly increasing because of its high demand for drugs, teas, and other foods. It is also economically beneficial as its flowers and leaves are used for distilled oil extraction. The oil has a sore smell (like lemon) as it contains high citral percentage.
Plantation Process of Lemon Grass:
Plants’ Insider is passionate about growing useful and trendy plants. So we have a real-time experience of lemon grass plantation. Trust me, lemon grass is one of the easiest grass to grow with ultimate benefits. Its plantation time is in March or April. Seeds are used for this crop cultivation in large areas. However, the most common way of grass propagation is division. Take some clumps of the fresh lemon grass and separate the dead rotting stalks. Now plant the separated fresh part into a shallow water pot. Within few weeks, you will see roots are appearing and the plant is ripening well. Now it is time to transfer the plant into the soil.
Throughout the whole day, this tropical herb should obtain a good amount of sunlight i.e. at least 6 hours per day. It can also grow indoors. Place the pot near the window where it may get plenty of sunlight. Just Remember! Placement matters a lot so be careful.
Propagation media is also an important element for the optimal growth of this herb. Loam soil is an excellent medium of propagation but makes sure the drainage is good. Because waterlogged will destroy the rooting. Ph must be between 5.0 to 8.4. not less or more than that. The quality crop requires organic compost (that should be 3 inches) before plantation. Dig this compost well into the soil. People who want to grow lemon grass on a commercial basis should use organic fertilizer for better quality and growth. Fertilizers work mostly in the summer season as this herb needs more nitrogen for growth.
Lemon grass plant does not require a lot of water. Good moisture is enough for its growth, especially during the winter season. In the summer season, water the plant after few days. To avoid root rot, do not overwater it.
Lemon Grass Care:
Lemon grass needs proper safety measures and precautions after cultivation. The home-based plant is easy to care but the commercial crop requires a complete protection guide. It is susceptible to pests and diseases.
1: Avoid spraying water on leaves. It may cause Puccinia Nakanishikii which is rust of leaves. It is very difficult to eradicate this problem so try to avoid the reason. Water the roots of the crop instead of leaves. Remove the affected leaves if your plant is rusty. Now apply a bio fungicide or copper fungicide (liquid form) for optimal care.
- Indoor lemon grass plant may suffer spider mites. Spider mites usually destroy the leaves. So use mite spray or neem oil to avoid mites.
- Leaf blight is a disease caused by pathogen. The pathogen Rhizoctonia Solani may damage roots and also turn the plant leaves yellow. If it spreads on large area, it causes a brown abrasion near the surface of soil.
- A moth larva called Grass bag worm eats the leaves of the grass, especially the sharp edges. if your crop is damaging by this larva, then use Bacillus Thurigiensis immediately.
- Another disease that can damage crop is Fusarium fungi which has tendency to lasts for years. It causes clump rooting and leaf spotting.
These diseases and problems have two kind of solutions:
• Mycorrhizal treatment
• Bacterial treatment
Lemon grass needs an extensive care during winter season. Less watering and warm temperature is crucial for its growth. It should be harvested within four months after plantation. After that time, the crop may be more vulnerable to diseases.
Lemon Grass Herb Uses:
- Plants such as this repel insects. Since it smells like lemon, bugs and insects stay away from it. IA great mosquito repellent as well.
- Almost 90% of all medicines, fragrances, and body sprays contain this substance due to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
- Herbalists use this herb to treat digestive problems, detoxify the system, maintain cholesterol levels, boost metabolism, and induce sleep.
- Aromatherapy and cooking also use lemon grass extensively.
- Red blood cells are boosted and anxiety conditions are relieved with this herb.
TO DO TASK from PLANTS INSIDER:
Prepare your pot. Just take some fresh clumps and plant them into your pot. Take good care of it and then tell us in a comment about your results. After lemon grass growth, enjoy its benefits. Share the post with those friends and family members, who are willing to enjoy lemon grass!