Lemongrass is reported by many to be a wonderful Mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes have been shown to avoid Lemongrass because of the strong citrus-like smell it possesses.
The insect and mosquito repelling abilities of lemongrass are reported because of its high levels of Citronella.
To use Lemongrass as a mosquito repellent, just place the plants around the perimeter of the space you want to exclude mosquitoes. For example, you'd want to place the Lemongrass around a patio, deck or any other outdoor space.
This fresh lemon flavor is popular in many meals. Lemon Grass can be used in teas, beverages, soups, and other dishes. Can reach up to 6 feet tall.
Lemongrass is a sub-tropical plant and it can’t handle hard freezing temperatures. If you live anywhere colder than about a zone 9a, you’ll want to grow your lemongrass in a pot, and bring it indoors for the winter. And even then, you might want to bring it in, just in case you get an unexpected temperature drop (the weather seems to be doing all sorts of funny things these days).
Lemongrass originates from southern India and is an aromatic plant with a citrusy scent. Lemongrass is a perennial herb, which means it will come back year after year. It grows in grassy clumps that can reach up to 5 feet tall.
Before Planting: Lemongrass grows best in the summer and does well in the heat as it is a tropical plant It grows best in a container and prefers full sun.
Planting: Plant lemongrass seeds ¼ inch deep and 1 inch apart and begin them inside up to three weeks before the last frost date. If planting inside, plant the lemongrass in seedling trays that can be covered so the seeds have a warm, moist environment to germinate. Once the seedlings appear, remove the plastic covering and transplant them outdoors to a location in full sun.
Watering: Throughout the lemongrass’s growing period, keep its soil moist by watering two to three times a week.
Fertilizer: Feed lemongrass with a high-nitrogen fertilizer when you transplant it outdoors, such as an alfalfa meal or blood meal. To fertilize, mix ½ cup of the fertilizer into the soil before transplanting the lemongrass seedlings. After transplanting, fertilize lemongrass every couple of weeks during its growing season with liquid plant food or fish emulsion.
Days to Maturity: Lemongrass is ready to harvest when the stalks are at least ½ inch thick dark green at least 18 inches tall.
Harvesting: Harvest lemongrass by snipping the entire stalk at its base. When harvesting lemongrass, be sure to wear gloves as the stalks can irritate the skin. At the end of its growing season, cut lemongrass plants back to only 6 inches tall and reduce watering and discontinue fertilizing.