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last summer I bought a 4' lemongrass

Posted by jayemvee z9 SF Bay CA (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 26, 11 at 23:18

start. It's now 7' tall and going to seed but still looks good, kind of like a thin pampas grass. Here's my question: I live in zone 9b, the very south of Texas on the coast. Should I cut this plant down to knee height, the way one would purple fountain grass or any other ornamental grass? I use it for cooking all the time and it would be great if I could expect it to continue in such a robust and graceful manner, but would cutting it back be better in the long run?

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RE: last summer I bought a 4' lemongrass

I think cutting it down would get you new growth. It would get cut down by the winter here in 8b naturally but When I lived in Hawaii, I never cut it down and never noticed it, so I think it is fine either way you decide..

RE: last summer I bought a 4' lemongrass

I think that in south Texas you won't need to cut it down. I've had several of them in my yard for years, and I have never cut them down. They even survived the 2004 6" Christmas snow without any protection. And living so far south, I think that you should do just fine and can continue to use your lemongrass year round. You might want to check out lemongrass. Good luck!

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