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  Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus, C. flexuosus)
Market Products:   (leaf);   (stem);   (herb);     Market size: 50,000 hectares (world), 2,600 ha (North America)   Prospects: prices stable, volume up
Culture Seed density: C. flexuosus 2000-2400 seeds/gram   Exposure: full sun   Soil: well-drained, sandy loam, pH 5.5-6.5   Crop duration: 3-5 years
      Sowing rate: C. flexuosus 5-10kg/ha (direct).   Planting: C. citratus grown from cuttings only. Sow C. flexuosus in spring. Heavy feeder. Oil quality of C. citratus highest at 18-24 months.   Field spacing: C. citratus 100cm between rows x 45cm within rows; broadcast C. flexuosus, or sow in rows 60-100cm apart.   Yield: C. citratus dry herb 4-6t/ha, oil 30-40kg/ha (years 1-5); C. flexuosus dry herb 10-15t/ha, 80kg/ha (years 1-5).   Pests: no data   Diseases: C. citratus himantia web blight, myriogenospora tangletop, helminthosperium eyespot, papularia.   Buyers want: high citral content.  
  Sowing rate: 5g/1000 plants.   Planting: sow C. flexuosus in plugs 13-14 weeks before sale. C. citratus grown from cuttings only.   Seeds to finished plugs: 10 weeks.   Plugs to saleable plants: 3-8 weeks.   Pests: spider mite, whitefly, mealybug   Diseases: few problems.  
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