How To Grow Lemongrass In Pots

Lemongrass is an excellent herb to make tea for multiple reasons like headache, stomach and so much more. People also enjoy lemongrass to spice up their dishes. 

And if you wanted to grow lemongrass at home and you don’t have enough space in your garden, you can easily grow it in pots, grow bags, and any containers that are available to you. 

You don’t need to buy seeds or seedlings of lemongrass to grow it. You can grow them from store-bought cuttings of lemongrass. In this article, I will explain the process to grow lemongrass in pots from store-bought cuttings. 

Select Pot: 

The plants of lemongrass can grow up to several feet, so you will need a good-sized pot to fulfill the requirements of lemongrass’s plants. A 5-10 gallon pot, bucket or grow bag will do the trick of growing lemongrass. If you can have any pot or container at home, that’s good, or you can purchase your favorite container from the links. 

Note: If you wanted to grow lemongrass vertically, the garden tower will be a perfect tool for you. Check out the features of the garden tower to grow lemongrass and 49 other vegetables and herbs vertically. 

Best Soil: 

Because we are growing lemongrass in pots, so we need to give plants the best kind of soil or the plants can die or not grow well. The best soil for containers is potting soil. Now you can buy potting soil from stores or you can make your own at home. Potting soil has all the necessary things (drainage, nutrients, and water holding capacity) that are required to grow lemongrass or any other herb in pots. Learn to make your own potting soil at home. 

Regrow Lemongrass Stalks In Water: 

Select some nice, green, and healthy-looking stalks of lemongrass. Do not choose stalks that are not healthy or have dead spots. Now trim the above part of stalks with a clean sharp knife or any other garden tool. 

After selecting some healthy cuttings, put them in a jar filled with water. Keep changing the water with fresh water every 2 days. Stalks of lemongrass will grow roots after a few days. When roots reach 1-2 inches in length, it’s time to plant them in the final pot.

Transplant Rooted Cuttings Of Lemongrass In Pot: 

Now fill your pot with potting soil. Plant the rooted cuttings in the potting soil and give them water. Plant the cuttings early in the morning to save them from transplant shock. 

Take Care Of Lemongrass Plants: 

Here are a few tips for you to take care of your lemongrass plants: 

  • Lemongrass plants are sunlight loving plants, so choose a location with the sunniest location of your garden. If you don’t have enough space, put your pot beside a window that receives a good amount of sunlight. 
  • You can also use LED grow lights to provide the plants with the necessary amount of light. Check out this guide about LED grow light for indoor plants. 
  • Always check the moisture level of the soil of your container. Lemongrass needs a good supply of water and plants usually require an extra amount of water in a pot. So keep watering the plants and do not let the soil to dry all the way. 
  • Use fertilizer if necessary. I always recommend using organic and environmentally friendly fertilizer, organic compost, and organic manure. You can make your own compost or you can buy it from stores. 
  • Mulch is a secret weapon of gardeners to protect their plants from weeds, dehydration, and add a layer of nutrients at the end. Use organic mulch like grass clippings, straw bales, wood mulch, and dead leaves. 


You don’t have to harvest lemongrass all at once, harvest them only when you need it. Cut the stalks from the base, close to roots. If you wanted to store them, pack them in a plastic bag after harvesting and freeze them. You can also dry them and then freeze them if you want to store them for a very long period of time. 

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