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I bought a young lemon grass plant from a nursery and put in a container on my window sill,  The leaves are growing quite tall but is very spindly and I can see no signs of it forming the large bulbous  base that can be eaten.

  1. Is my pot too narrow?
  2. Should I cut the leaves to make it  grow thicker
  3. How long does it take for the bulbous stem to thicken?

I am attaching a photo of the plant any help will be gratefully appreciated


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    The plant does not grow a large bulbous base. Look in the supermarket for an indication of what lemon grass stems look like. The stems are used for cooking.

    Mine - grown from a supermarket stem - did well in the greenhouse.
  • Thanks Welshonion.  Perhaps I mislead you with my description of bulbous stems.  So how long does it take for the stems to thicken? As you can see from the photograph mine are still very slim.  and will it grow thicker if I cut the leaves back?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,000

    I wouldn't cut it back - I'd try to give it as much sunshine and fresh air as possible

    There's some interesting information here

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Many thanks Dovefromabove for the website address .  Very helpful   Maybe hope for it  yet.  When it gets warmer will put pot outside.

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