How to divide tender herbs

How to divide tender herbs

Find out how to divide tender herbs such as lemongrass, in our step-by-step guide.

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To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

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Do To do in October

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Do not To do in December

As the weather turns colder in autumn, it’s sensible to be prepared and insure your precious herbs against damage.

Tender herbs such as tropical herbs, such as lemongrass, need some extra TLC if they’re to survive our cold winters.

These steps shown below can also be used for cardamom and ginger.


You Will Need

  • Secateurs
  • A sharp knife
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Small pot

Total time:

Step 1

Remove the plant from the pot; trim the leaves to just above the stems. Slice a thin section off the base of the rootball, then use a sharp knife to remove sections of grass, each with a chunk of root.

Trimming lemongrass leaves
Trimming lemongrass leaves

Step 2

Lemongrass likes being pot-bound, so choose a container a fraction larger than the rootball. Pot up using soil-based potting compost. Label, water in and place in a warm, frost-free environment.

Potting up he lemongrass
Potting up he lemongrass