Fragrant and generous Lemongrass! All wrapped up and ready to go home!
Pick up several. Once you get the lemongrass root home it is fairly easy to plant a couple.
If the tubular root end comes with the whole frond/leaf as these in the photo do, cut and remove the top (careful, it is sharp.) The leaf can be used to make a tea. And then you have the rest to plant.
You can set them to root in a glass jar of water beforehand. If you are in a year-round warm climate, put the bottom root part straight into the soil, and keep them watered, ’til they take hold. Keep this sweet grass growing for near future use.
Pick-Me-Yard, a blog from Florida, recommends : “The stalks are the best part for culinary use. I’ve noticed that if I stay on top of maintaining the plants and thin them out at the base, the stalks will get fat. If I neglect them while they grow, the stalks get clumpy and dense which keeps the stalks thin. I like them fat.” http://pickmeyard.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/lemongrass-the-forgotten-one/
Plant Freak in Arizona recommends : http://plantfreak.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/the-grass-with-zest-lemongrass/