6 May 2024 By Jonathan

Unlocking the Wonders of Lemongrass: An Inside Look at this Multi-Beneficial Plant

Introduction to lemongrass

Dear gardening enthusiasts, today we invite you to discover a plant that will not fail to surprise you with its many virtues: lemongrass. Native to Southeast Asia, this herbaceous plant is particularly appreciated for its pleasant scent and its mosquito-repelling properties. In this comprehensive and detailed article, we offer you an overview of the different varieties of lemongrass, their characteristics and care tips.

The different varieties of lemongrass

There are several species of plants commonly known as lemongrass. Among them :

  • Cymbopogon nardus, also known as “Ceylon lemongrass”, is native to Sri Lanka. It is highly prized for its essential oil with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
  • Cymbopogon winterianus, or “Java lemongrass”, also has insect repellent properties thanks to its geraniol and citral content.
  • Cymbopogon flexuosus, often used as a condiment in Asian cuisine to enhance the taste of dishes.
  • Cymbopogon citratus, the best known and widespread, whose leaves are used to flavor dishes or in infusion to benefit from its relaxing and digestive benefits.
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Ideal growing conditions for lemongrass

Lemongrass is a tropical plant that requires a warm, humid environment to grow properly. Here are some tips to ensure its growth:

  • Choose a sunny location, sheltered from wind and cold drafts.
  • Make sure the soil is well drained, as lemongrass fears excess water.
  • Maintain an ambient temperature between 20°C and 30°C during the growing period (spring-summer).
  • Remember to mulch the base of your plant to conserve soil moisture.

Caring for your lemongrass throughout the seasons

In spring, lightly prune your plant to stimulate its development. During the summer, water regularly without flooding the soil. In the fall, gradually reduce watering until stopping completely during the winter if you live in a region where it freezes. In this case, bring your pot inside or protect it with a winter cover.

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The benefits and uses of lemongrass

Lemongrass is renowned for its medicinal, culinary and insect repellent properties:

  • Natural repellent : it effectively repels mosquitoes thanks to its characteristic scent. You can rub a few leaves on your skin or make an infusion to spray on your clothes.
  • Asian cuisine : lemongrass is an essential ingredient in Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. It delicately flavors meat and fish dishes and even soups.
  • Therapeutic benefits : in infusion, it helps fight stress, facilitates digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Contact our customer service for more information on lemongrass

Do not hesitate to contact our customer service at 01 79 97 21 99, Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., if you would like more information on this fascinating plant. Our experts are also available to advise you on the choice of varieties suited to your needs and desires.

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