Special Care Herbs
Dissolve 1 -2 tablespoons of mild flaked soap (Ivory) in a gallon of warm water
Spray the plants weekly, making sure to spray the undersides of the leaves
Well Drained Soil
Never let your plants dry out; water thoroughly but make sure that you have well drained soil. No wet feet! Cilantro HATES humidity, so make sure that they are planted where air can circulate freely.
Cilantro will reseed itself in your garden if you allow the plants to flower and develop seeds. Harvest coriander seeds as soon as they turn brown by shaking the seed heads over a paper bag. Allow the seeds to dry and store them in airtight jars.
Bays appreciate well draining soil, and will be perfect in a pot (remember, holes are essential for proper drainage). They can get a little root bound (cramped in the pot) – but if you want a bigger plant, keep on transplanting as your bay grows. And speaking of growth, it will grow VERY SLOWLY.
However, it is an extremely easy plant to grow indoors, as long as you provide it with enough full sun (6-8 hours a day). Well-drained soil is a must. So, if you are in Zones 8 or lower, keep it outdoors as long as your nights are warm. Full sun with a bit of afternoon shade is best, and bring your plant indoors when the temperatures drop below 60 degrees. Do not be alarmed if it drops some of its leaves during this transition. As long as you provide the plant with enough sun, it will begin to grow new leaves quickly
When planting lemongrass outdoors, plant in loose, fertile and well drained soil. Clay soils, soil that retains too much moisture, will lead to rot and nutrient deficiency. Lemongrass needs a lot of room, so if you are planting lemongrass in a garden bed, make sure to leave at least 3 feet between plants. Lemongrass will do well in a container as long as it has enough room to grow – at least a 16 inch diameter to start.
Keep lemongrass moist; it should never be allowed to dry out so water regularly during the growing season. Lemongrass will benefit from extra nitrogen, so feed regularly with a water-soluble, high-nitrogen fertilizer during the growing season. During the rest of the year, feed the plant monthly with the same fertilizer.
Once your plant reaches 4 – 5 feet, you may want to keep the tops of the leaves cut down even more than what you are taking for an actual harvest. This can help keep the size of the plant down. Since Lemongrass doesn’t grow branches so no other pruning is necessary.