Article Index
LEMONGRASS
1. Medicinal Properties & Use
2. Botany & Varieties
3. Chemical Constituents
4. Types
5. Improved Varieties
6. Soil & Climate
7. Propagation
8. Planting & Aftercare
9. Pest & Diseases
10. Harvest & Processing
11. Distillation
12. Purification & Storage
13. Seed Harvest
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  Propagation

Lemongrass is generally propagated through seeds.
Seed germination is very poor in fresh seeds due to dormancy; it can be sown after two months of storage. 
The seeds collected during the months of January-February are usually sown in the nursery during April-May. Seeds lose viability beyond six months of storage.

Seedlings can be raised in a nursery in one-tenth of the area of the main field. This method which requires 1-1.5  kg seeds/acre  is ideal for uniform stand and better growth of the plants.
Seed is mixed with dry river sand in the ratio of 1:3, uniformly broadcasted on the beds and covered with a thin layer of soil. The seed bed is irrigated daily. Seeds germinate in 5-7 days.
45-50 days old seedlings are planted during the monsoon season.