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I highly recommend growing lemongrass in our Arizona weather. They grow fast and makes for nice border. The leaves can be made into refreshing tea and the stem can be used in all kinds of fun cooking recipes.

Photo here shows when I obtained lemongrass from a fellow VPA member last October and planted in a row as front yard border, compared to a photo I have taken this morning.

They grow super fast during our summer months, just like the moringa. So when your garden is struggling in the summer, at least the lemongrass and moringa will continue to thrive and provide you with edible and lush growth to enjoy.

The row of short leaves on the right side of the lemongrass stem are Tall Bearded Iris that I have purchased from the Sun Country Iris Society.

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Comment by raf evan on August 18, 2014 at 8:38pm

that thai restaurant posted by Bryan upped the ante re: 'fresh from the farm'.

 customers hopping over these citronella clumps as they walked from the parking lot-- they  had no idea  it is what's going to be on the menu.

Comment by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden on August 18, 2014 at 5:30pm

nice stand ... i had no idea they would take our full sun here in the desert until i found this planter full in the middle of a thai food restaurant parking lot ...

Comment by Jacq Davis on August 16, 2014 at 6:14pm

Sarah, they like full sun, can take light shade. Now is a pretty good time to plant, give them the heat they needed to thrive before the cold hit and they go dormant. If not, you can wait till April to plant. It takes them a couple of weeks to get established after you plant them in the ground. Water every 2-3 days when it is 100 degrees. Cut back watering to once a week in winter. I water so the top 6-10 inches of the soil is moist. They have shallow root, so don't have to deep water.

Comment by Sarah, Arizona Hobby Farm on August 16, 2014 at 4:56pm

Thanks so much, Jacq!  I first need to find the best spot for some.  Tell me, when is the best time to transplant?  And, how much water do they require? 

Comment by Jacq Davis on August 10, 2014 at 2:27pm
Sarah, I live in Tempe and have lots of lemongrass to share if you want to come by and pick up some. I am located close to Rural Road and I-60. Message me if you are interested. ;-)
Comment by MaryMcP on August 10, 2014 at 11:22am

If you can't find some closer I can wrap in damp paper towels and go postal to you.  Can't remember where Jacq lives, Tempe maybe??  Alternatively, I have a friend I see once a month for lunch and she lives in Gilbert, Larson Lane.  I could carry to her, her to you!!!  Usually see her the second Wed of each month, which will be this coming week.  We gardeners MUST unite.

Comment by Sarah, Arizona Hobby Farm on August 10, 2014 at 10:46am

MaryMcP, I am in South Gilbert and don't have any plans to come that way soon.  But, if I can't find it closer, I will definitely take you up on your offer.  Thanks!

Comment by raf evan on August 10, 2014 at 9:33am

De Ann, it will not grow well in shade. It will survive, but will not be as lush and will appear somewhat spindly and not as dense.If your south wall is not too high, then it should be ok because the sun arcs from northeast, then south, then sets northwest. It should get some sun in early morning and late afternoon, and that should be enough.

now, if an arctic spell reaches way south during winter, it will die down and look messy.

i live in las vegas, where winters are much colder relative to phx, so i cut all the leaves down to the ground with giant shears. The rhizomes have survived  16F, and leaf out fairly quickly a month or two after leafing out in spring.

aloe vera and mexican green onions seem to do better in both winter and summer, if planted by south wall, since they are evergreen. The sages also seem to do well enough to fill up the blank spaces,  and are also evergreen.

Comment by MaryMcP on August 10, 2014 at 8:05am

Sarah, what part of the valley are you?  I'm 43rd Ave and Peoria and can provide a'plenty if you are nearby.

Comment by Sarah, Arizona Hobby Farm on August 10, 2014 at 7:14am

Very nice!  I must find a place for Lemongrass now that I see how nicely yours looks.  Where can I find the starters?

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