Lemon Grass is a tropical herb that is native to Southeast Asia. It has tall, slender stalks with long, thin leaves and small, purple flowers that are attractive to bees and other pollinators.
To grow Lemon Grass in Massachusetts, it is best to start the plants indoors or in a greenhouse and then transplant them outside once the weather warms up. Lemon Grass prefers a location that receives plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil. Water the plant regularly, but be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot.
Lemon Grass is a low-maintenance herb that can tolerate a range of temperatures, but it is sensitive to cold and may need to be protected during the winter months in Massachusetts. It will benefit from a layer of mulch to help keep the soil moist and cool during the hot summer months. Fertilize the plant with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer once a month to help promote healthy growth.
Lemon Grass is a flavorful herb that adds a citrusy kick to a variety of dishes, including soups, stews, and marinades. It is also a popular ingredient in many Asian cuisines. In addition to its culinary uses, Lemon Grass is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used for centuries to aid in digestion and as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. With proper care, your Lemon Grass plant will thrive and provide fresh, flavorful herbs for your kitchen for years to come.