Plant Care Lemon grass

Lemon grass

4.3 out of 5 (6 experiences)

Lemon grass has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Lemon grass has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

Also known as

West indian lemon grass


Cymbopogon citratus

How to care for Lemon grass


How often to water your Lemon grass

Water needs for Lemon grass
0.5 cups
every 9

Lemon grass 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 Lemon grass

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Lemon grass in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Lemon grass: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Lemon grass love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Lemon grass does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Lemon grass

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Lemon grass: 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 Lemon grass after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Lemon grass 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
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Lemon grass

Lemon grass

Lemon grass

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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

Lemon grass has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Lemon grass has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Lemon grass has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Lemon grass has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Lvl500 avatar
leaf-1 72 Plants
xp 3,411 XP

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
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 611 XP

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
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 611 XP

The lemon grass has been easy to grow and low maintenance

Fast grower Fast grower
Plantaddiction avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 307 XP

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

Browns easily Browns easily

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