Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Organic lemongrass - FAIL!

Well, our organic lemongrass (aka Cymbopogon citratus, or serai makan) has died :(

I'm not sure why, initially it was doing great, but then started to wilt and go dry. We may have forgotten to water it, but there was rain and all. It's meant to do well in full sun too, which is what it was getting.

My guess is the soil was not drained enough, it seems like the stems just rotted away at soil level.

The soil itself was nice black soil from our compost heap, so it should have had enough nutrients, etc. A friend told me that they do better in the soil than in pots, and maybe that's because they need good drainage.

Ah well, we'll just have to try again :)


Laurie Ashton Farook said...

When I plant the lemongrass directly into the garden soil, all of mine did that as well. I had much more success - as in, 100% thus far - by first putting the lemongrass stems in a jar by the window with some water. Once roots were decently established (at least an inch long), I planted them in a smallish pot (about 6" in diamter). Once the roots were very firmly established there (read: rootbound), I transferred them to the garden. Now, they're doing very well.

julian said...

Thanks for the advice, I will try that out :)