Am keen in growing Lemongrass and Kaffir lime in containers. I went through many links online about buying stalks of lemongrass (I bought from INA market in New Delhi). Then cut them 5 inches above the roots and soaked them in water. Its been 1 week since I did this and I can see the roots coming out in the water cup itself.
I read that I need to wait till roots are 2-3 inches long and then need to plant them in Containers. This is the tricky part. What should be the mix for it? I havent bought anything as yet, but have planned to buy Coco peat, Vermicompost and I have enough soil (not red soil) and dried Cowdung Manure at home.
What should be the proportion of these and what should be the watering frequency?
Now coming to Kaffir Lime. I want to plant them so that I can use its leaves for Thai cooking. They have a very nice pleasant lemony scent. Will I need to buy the lime and then dry its seeds and then plant it from them or will it need to grow from a Sapling?
Also can it be grown in a container or it is always grown in soil?
good to hear you are trying to grow lemon grass.
take a good pot.... 5-6 inches (approx) deep. fill it up with equal amounts of compost, soil, and some dried fishmeal ( kind of manure )..... while filling the mixture keep it 1 inch below the pot rim.
at the center make a 2 inch hole and put your lemongrass shoot into it. if you have more... just space out the holes from each other and insert the other lemongrass shoots into it. cover the hole back with the soil.....
water it completely once so the entire soil gets moist. later on depending on the weather in your area just continue watering the pot.
lemongrass propagates on its own and within no time you will have a good crop of lemongrass swaying around in the wind 🙂
Wow, finally a reply to my lemongrass conquest 🙂
Thanks for your reply. Like I said, the cut stalks developed good roots in the glass jar with water itself. Then I got a 12" dia, plasti pot and filled it with moist coco-peat. Planted 2 stalks and in just a few days, yes, just a few days they are actually growing like a wildgrass. Will try and post a pic later....
I sprayed the plant with Boom flower few days back. Yes to see its effect. That's basically a nitrogen boost for the plant's foliage.
The interesting this here is, I think there are 2 varieties of lemongrass with me now. Bought 2 plants from Mumbai, they produce very thin stalks but a lot of blades/ leaves. This is good for using the leaves in tea.
But from INA seems like the imported or a better variety one. When I bought them, then itself they had very good thick stalks. Even when the leaves have just started appearing of those baby plants, the leaves are as thick as the full grown plants from Mumbai. Will still be 1-2 weeks before I could harvest them.
The only problem is, only one of the plants from mumbai is doing well. Other seems ill, sometimes back I transplanted it and found a lot of red ants inside the soil. I think i need to treat it with some insecticide in mild proportions. Will do that tonight and post the results.
Learnt a few tips for LG from the net. That don't plant it too deep, else the supporting new stalks won't make it to the top, one mistake which I did earlier. Also learnt it is Idiot proof grass, so even if you don't take much care of it, it still grows well.
Any tips on Kaffir Lime anyone?
A few days bk i hv replied to ur pm regarding d same but i guess u hvnt recvd it as i cannot find d msg in my sent box. Guess i must hv md a mistake wen sendin it. sorry abt dat.
anyways, a frnd had given me a couple of small stalks of lemon grass abt a yr ago n wat i had done then is just plant d roots in a pot of soil i had at hand and do my routine watering daily along wit d rest of d plants and soon the lemongrass started spreading in the pot wit the tall leaves swaying away. wen the pot grew full, i inverted it and separated the stalks and planted in a couple of other pots as well as empty pop bottles and all of dem flourished. so u c its very easy to grow lemongrass witout worrying too much abt d kind of soil reqd.
As for the kafir lime plants, i had just sowed some seeds from store bought lemons, which i had washed and dried for a few days, and a few of them germinated and hv now become beautiful plants. But i was very disappointed to read somewhere on the internet that lime/lemon plants grown from seeds do not produce fruits. they need to be grafted plants from fruit bearing trees to be able to fruit. Nevertheless, shall continue waiting, (d plants are almost 2 yrs now) and in the meantime continue enjoying the lovely fragrant leaves in my cooking.
Hope this info helps.
Thanks for chipping in for Kafir lime plants. I have not grown them. but I can tell you that plant raised from seeds will definitely fruit but it will take more time. Grafted plants fruit earlier because the stem which is grafted is from an old tree, so the actual age of the stem is 10 years.. this is why most of the grafted trees yield earlier.
Thanks Shaheen for the tips. The leaves that you use in cooking, do they look like this?
Lemongrass seems to grow easy.. toss in some vermicompost to enrichen & coco peat to thin down the soil
Kaffir lime - is that the same as Kagzi lime ?
>>Now coming to Kaffir Lime. I want to plant them so that I can use its leaves for Thai cooking. They have a very nice pleasant lemony scent. Will I need to buy the lime and then dry its seeds and then plant it from them or will it need to grow from a Sapling?
I have a lime tree in an 8" pot, & the leaves do smell intoxicating, with a soothing lovely lemony-lime flavour.
hasn't borne fruit yet though.
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