Lemongrass is hard to come by in this corner of the world and you can't really do anything without it if you want to cook some of the most flavoursome Asian cuisine.
The main supermarket in the nearest town doesn't always have it in stock and when they do I seem to have the last packet of 2 measly stalks.
day evening (when other people visit the pub) I was browsing Pinterest again and saw a way to propagate lemongrass from shop bought stalks. It is always worth giving it a try, don't you think ?
Thus I bought 2 stalks of the lemongrass when I next noticed them in said supermarket (yes, the last ones again). I sliced juuuuuust the thinnest slice off the bottom of the almost woody end. Plonked them in a jar of water on the kitchen worktop by the windows.
I checked them every hour the first day to see if they were sprouting roots yet. It took a bit longer but not much. I religiously changed the water every two days.
Roisin helps with the checking for roots. The first thing you'll notice is the grass starts to grow, green, before the roots pop through.
After a week or two you'll notice a good root system developing.
The fresh green bit near the roots is a new stalk beginning to grow.
"You're boring me now"
Yesterday, Nil potted them up for me in organic compost.
And now I'll water and wait.
Enjoy the weekend !