2016 Lemongrass Plants

It’s a bit late but today I eventually got around to separating out the overwintered clumps of Lemongrass and re-potting them as single stems to make this years crop.

Overwintered lemongrass ready for repotting
Overwintered lemongrass ready for repotting

All these lemongrass stems are from a one clump which in turn was a single stick of Lemongrass a year ago. You tend to get around 25 new plants from every stem over the 12 months.

The difference between shop bought (air freighted) sticks and freshly cut homegrown lemongrass is poles apart and the fragrance given off when working with the plants is lovely.

Lemongrass plants separated out and replanted in 9cm pots
Individual stems of lemongrass potted on to make new plants

Once established, the new plants will be sold locally or potted on to make more plants for next year.



Polytunnel Progress

Growing French Beans & Tomatoes in a polytunnel
Growing French Beans, Lemongrass & Tomatoes in a polytunnel

Having caught out with the very late frost last year I have delayed the sowing of outdoor crops by two weeks which has allowed me more time to get the polytunnel better organised.

We have used reservoir trays for the tomatoes for a few years now and, by maintaining the compost moisture levels, they have proved effective at minimising blossom end rot.

For the first time, we are also trying some miniature french beans in the same system.

A tray is reserved for some Clive Bevan long runner beans which hopefully will provide a competitive entry for the longest runner bean category at the Hesketh Bank Village Show.

In the top left of the photo you can see a tray of lemongrass which has overwintered without protection in the polytunnel and is now bursting with life.


Hydroponic Lemongrass Update

A quick view on the progress of our fresh lemongrass being trialled in two simple hydroponic systems; both in a polytunnel that has no electrical supply.

Pot Culture
One is a very simple ‘pot culture’ system where the plants are in a soil medium with a capillary wick which dangles down into a reservoir containing the nutrient solution.

Hydroponic Pot Culture Lemon Grass
Hydroponic ‘Pot Culture’ Lemon Grass

Drip Irrigation
When the sun shines, our solar powered pump circulates the nutrient solution from the reservoir to the top of the clay balls in which the lemongrass plants are sitting. There is no other medium around the roots, just the clay balls.

Lemongrass growing in solar drip irrigation
Solar powered drip irrigation hydroponic system

Both systems are performing very well and a nice fresh Thai curry is very much anticipated soon!