I had some that didn't survive last year's mean freeze, but the friend who originally gave it to me said she started hers from some she bought at the store. I think Asian groceries sell big stalks, don't they? I heard a rumor it can be invasive (ie escape the garden scene), so I kept mine in a large pot sunk in the ground.
I read that too last year about starting from some in the produce section. But being up north, I didn't have the time so got two 6" plants. I don't know about invasiveness. It the one season it made a pretty solid clump though.
I have grown lemon grass for 5 yrs now
it gets quite large here in florida
it is a clumping grass so its not hard to controll the clump just gets bigger
I rip mine out every 2 years to keep in smaller
when i change spots in yard if you leave any behind it will grow again but a quick pull and its gone
I started mine from the pieces you get in the produce section it grows fairly fast
it produces small pieces on the sides of the main piece
when i do rip it out of the ground a clump about 2 feet round could have 50 small plants in the clump
i pick pieces off for people all the time
take a cutting of mine in glass of water for 5 days and its growing
Well, would you believe that I was going to say that I heard you could grow it from the produce store, but I thought you all would REALLY laugh at me, so I deleted it. =) I'm told it dies out here in TN. My aunt is from Thailand and she throws it in almost everything. mmm coconut soup.
However, I live in Podunk TN...Wallyworld is our major grocery store and they don't carry it.
And..my Want list has just begun. My yard is an empty canvas. My problem is that I want it all.
I have to overwinter it indoors here so keep it potted. I lost my first big one to cold. The second one started from seed.
I also had saved this info on starting from plants although I don't know why... local stores to have it for sale here either. Must be Podunk TX here LOL
Quoting: if you have an asian market or a grocery store that sells lemongrass stalks, you can have plants in no time! just peel 1 or 2 layers of leaf blades to expose the base, place in a glass or vase of water, and it will root quickly. transplant into when the roots are about 1" long. i do this every spring/summer since it doesn't overwitner outside where I live. you could also take it back inside over the winter