Plant Care Cymbopogon Citratus

Cymbopogon Citratus

4.5 out of 5 (8 experiences)

Cymbopogon Citratus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Cymbopogon Citratus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

Also known as

Lemon Grass, Lemon Grass, West indian lemon grass, andropogon citratus and lemongrass

Taxonomy

Cymbopogon citratus
Cymbopogon
Poaceae
Poales

How to care for Cymbopogon Citratus

💦 Water

How often to water your Cymbopogon Citratus

Water needs for Cymbopogon Citratus
0.5 cups
every 9

Cymbopogon Citratus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cymbopogon Citratus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Lemon Grass in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cymbopogon Citratus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cymbopogon Citratus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cymbopogon Citratus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cymbopogon Citratus in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cymbopogon Citratus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cymbopogon Citratus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cymbopogon Citratus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Cymbopogon Citratus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


💦 Water Needs

Cymbopogon Citratus prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cymbopogon Citratus requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Cymbopogon Citratus is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


🪴 Soil

Cymbopogon Citratus does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cymbopogon Citratus is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cymbopogon Citratus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Cymbopogon Citratus can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Cymbopogon Citratus

Cymbopogon Citratus

Cymbopogon Citratus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Cymbopogon Citratus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Cymbopogon Citratus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Cymbopogon Citratus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Cymbopogon Citratus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Cymbopogon Citratus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
@EpikHyaxinth avatar
@@EpikHyaxinth
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP
12/28/2021

Split the plant six times, but it's still lush and growing! Takes a few years to have thick stalks to eat, but overall really hardy and tough 💪

Requires full sunlight and few amounts of water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@lbs_ft avatar
@@lbs_ft
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 3,012 XP
globe Charlottesville, VA
10/23/2021

Easily the favorite plant that I own!

It’s grown from a small section of a larger plant I got from a friend in Florida, it’s survived many moves and grown time and time again year after year without problems. Easily 7-8 years old by now.

I move it indoors during the winter, then back outside every spring where it gets cut down to the white base and then explodes with new growth in no time.

The leaves are like little razor blades, which will make you regret brushing up against it accidentally… but if you take a couple of clippings and boil them in water, you can make the most delicious lemongrass tea! It’s no wonder why it’s my favorite! :]

HIGHLY recommend this plant if you’re interested and you can get your hands on one. I’m a terrible plant parent who has murdered many an innocent plant, but this old girl remains unfazed.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@LVL500 avatar
@@LVL500
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 6,019 XP
08/15/2021

I have had lemon grass for about 3 months.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
@ejmac avatar
@@ejmac
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,976 XP
07/29/2021

Very easy to grow and it loves the sun. I keep it on the west side of my patio.

Fast grower Fast grower
@ejmac avatar
@@ejmac
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,976 XP
07/25/2021

The lemon grass has been easy to grow and low maintenance

Fast grower Fast grower
@Plantaddiction avatar
@@Plantaddiction
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 307 XP
06/08/2021

Pretty, smells amazing, but requires a large amount of light

Browns easily Browns easily

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