Lemon Grass – Winterizing

Q: What do I do with a lemon grass plant over the winter? I planted it this spring and it is huge!

A: Lemongrass, Andropogon citratus, is a perennial plant in south Georgia but it is killed by winter cold in Atlanta gardens. Like most grasses, it prefers lots of light and semi-dry, warm soil. Those are tough to provide indoors in winter. Most local gardeners just buy new plants every spring. Preserve your current plant by removing the grassy leaves to expose the fragrant white stalk. Chop into pieces and freeze in an airtight jar to use for Asian recipes in winter.