Lemon grass Growing Guide

Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon grass

Crop Rotation Group



Any well drained soil.


Full sun

Frost tolerant

Roots semi hardy, leaves tender. Dies back in cold winter areas.


None generally needed.


Single Plants: 70cm (2' 3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant and transplant it from early spring to mid summer. Seed can also be started in containers preferably during spring and summer.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Lemon grass loves being cut back and this will encourage more growth. Mulch well in cold winter areas.


Leave the plant to develop some thick stems before starting to harvest.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Lemon grass