Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun. Space plants 12-24″ apart in dry to moist, sandy soil that is well-drained. Plant height 24-48″. Does well in containers or mixed pots. Repels insecets.
Can tolerate moist and humid conditions and likes heat. Water regularly. Divide in spring.
Lemon Grass (East Indian) cymbopogon flexuosus (E. Indian)
Lemon Grass, true to its name, is tall and grassy, a lovely texture for the garden or as a centerpiece in a combination pot. It is excellent in Asian cuisine, especially Thai and Vietnamese, though it originated in India. It can also be used to flavor tea or make potpourri.
Lemon grass is also known as fevergrass because in India it is traditionally used to fight fever and infection. Its strong, fresh and citrusy scent has lent it to use in perfumes as well. The oil of Lemongrass, citral, is antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral. It is also an insect repellent.
To harvest, pick the individual reeds, peel the tough grassy layer off and mince the tender core. For the health of the plant, never harvest more than a third of the overall reeds at one time. To dry, hang stems in bunches in a cool, dry location or place stems on drying screens. Once dry, cut into appropriate lengths and store in air-tight containers.