I wish to thank all for suggesting planting lemon grass. I now have 2 beautiful plants which I expect to turn into more plants by next year. So far I have not used them in cooking as the amount of growth I want should reach a point where I can not only enjoy them in cooking but keep them for a continued supply. It is my first try but they seem to be quite easy to start and for those in colder area they seem to be ready for use within 100 days so most areas should be able to grow them during the summer months. I know the stalks hold up in the ref. for quite a good period of time when trimmed for use in cooking.