Lemon Grass is one of those rare and superb plants that many gardeners have not heard much about. It grows in Mexico, especially in the chaparral and in the mountains around Guadalajara. There are different types of lemons such as Mexican or Chinese and Greek. All produce a unique type of grass called Malibu.
This type of grass has a beautiful shiny green color. Its dark green, tight and dense cellular structure gives it an odd texture similar to the cactus. Although it has the look of grass, it is actually a cactus-like plant. It is very easy to grow from seeds although it can take between one and five years for the grass to bear fruit.
The lemon grass comes from trees that grow in the mountains of southwestern Mexico and has some resemblance to the famous California Redwood. It is a climbing vine that has a short thick stem and is a close relative of the orchid. The leaves grow long and narrow and the flowers have a yellow center. They come in a variety of colors ranging from white to red to pink.
Lemongrass can be found in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the southwestern United States. There are wild species growing throughout most of Mexico. The Mexican type is the one with the closest resemblance to the real thing. In fact, it is so closely related to the real thing that some landscapers actually use it for borders in desert regions.
Lemongrass is a good grass for beginners to try growing as it is easy to take care of. There are special tools needed but if you are growing it indoors, it does not require mowing or trimming. The only job you may need to do is to deadhead dead branches by hand. It can survive quite a bit of trimming though.
The lemon grass plant is a perennial which will require about twelve to sixteen inches of space each year. It will bloom during the summer and throughout the spring. The flowers are large and appear in the late summer or early fall. The lemon grass plant will grow easily without much attention being given to it. It tolerates dry soil well and is not too bothered by frost.
It has been proven that lemongrass produces more blooms than any other kind of grass. They will remain green all year round which is very helpful for people who grow this type of grass for their landscaping needs. You don't have to fertilize it like you do bluegrass or joseph. You don't even need to remove any fallen leaves as they will fall off on their own. When using pesticides, the residue will adhere to the leaves and can harm your lawn.
It is easy to care for and is relatively low maintenance. If you live in an area that gets high winds, you should take special precautions when using this kind of grass since it can become damaged quickly if they are exposed to strong winds. It also needs approximately four hours of direct sunlight each day. In the winter months, you should make sure the roots are buried deep into the snow because they will not grow back during the cold winter months.
Lemongrass is a perennial herb that is best planted in summer. In the first season, you can expect a lot of growth. As the plants begin to bloom in late summer, the clumps separate and the grass goes into a resting period. The foliage wilts and turns yellow in the fall and you can then pull the plant off the ground.
In early spring, the vigorous growing clump of lemongrass buds begins to blossom, and then the plant begins to produce new shoots. You have to be careful not to pull the plants when they are about one meter tall since they may cause damage to your lawn. The lemon grass flowers look like daffodils. The lemon grass blooms from March to July.
Although lemongrass is a perennial, you have to be vigilant to keep it growing. If you let it grow to over two meters high, there is the possibility that it can kill your plants. This grass is known to have weeds for most parts of the growing season and at the end of summer, it produces roots that can choke out other grasses. In addition, weeds are attracted to lemongrass because it has a very low tolerance towards diseases.