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Lemon Grass Cymbopogon Citratus Seeds
Packet of 100+ freshly harvested seeds!
Very popular herb this one, famous all over the world with a huge list of common names including lemon grass, camels hay, citronella, geranium grass, cochin grass, herbe de citron, zitronengras, erba di limone, hierba de limon, bhustrina, sera, sere, sereh, bai mak nao, serai, sera, takrai, tanglad, ginger grass, oil grass, balioko, barani, paja de meca, zacate limon, salai, sai, salaid, fever grass, sweet rush, sitroengras, hashisha al limun, gandhabena, limonova treva, moan hing, hkasapaling, capim santo, capim cidrao, erva cidreira, ning men cao, xiang mao cao, sabalin, citronova trava, citroengras, aghin ghas, gandhatrina, gauti chai, khawi, verveine, lili cha, trej sar, traj sar, lili cha, verveine des Indes, citronnelle, sabalin hinsa, sa, xiang mao, andropogon citratus, andropogon schoenanthus, andropogon flexuosus, cymbopogon citratus and probably a dozen others I have missed?
I will some of its millions of uses below, but first of all I better tell about growing.
I was not originally going to sell these seeds as I wasn’t really impressed with the germination. Every seed didn’t grow for me, not even most..
Did a bit of research and that is pretty normal for this species, and folks always ask for them, so here they are!
After trialling a heap of different things I seem to get a consistent ~10%, sometimes less, sometimes a few more. Like me, sometimes you may end up failing altogether with these guys.
The most consistent method I have for germinating them is in a large pot(I use 9liter black buckets with a hole melted in the bottom for drainage).
Fill the pot with soil, mix the whole packet of seeds into the top 2cm of soil roughly combing it up with your finger tips, water well to wash most of the seeds in(leaving a % of seeds sitting ontop as well). Then forget about them. After a month or so divide up the 5-15 surviving shoots.
When I had a think about it, if you buy these guys with the low germination in mind, understanding you might get a few or you might even get none, for a couple bucks I would still consider it good value as a gamble. If you don’t, that’s cool, just don’t buy them. Keep your $ in you pocket if you don’t want to play.
Alrighty, onto the why.
Why grow it? Because it is awesome!
Makes a great tea, really delicious, and if you spray it onto plants it attracts the bees and repels insects. Great for improving the pollination rates of difficult species.
The fragrant essential oil is used as a remedy for just about everything due to the naturally high amounts of myrcene, citronellol, methyl heptenone, dipentene, geraniol, limonene, geranyl acetate, nerol, found in the oil. It has a soothing, yet stimulating effect and is considered sudorific, antiperiodic, anticatarrhal, carminative, depressant, analgesic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal and has strong insecticidal properties.
Plus it adds a real oomph to curries, the most famous being Tom Yum!
Absolutely delicious, and makes a really refreshing tea!
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!!