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Mar 23, 2013 02:00 PM

Lemongrass & snails on citrus tree

Hello, I just bought a house and there are various plants.

1) There is a lemongrass bush. I love this because we use it alot in cooking but my question is:

A) how do you harvest the stalks so that they continue to produce new stalks?

B) Should I be trimming it back, see picture attached, it looks out of control. I just dont want to do anything to harm it so that it continues to produce.

2) There is a kalamansi tree with some funky looking discolored leaves. At first it looked like some kind of oil or chemical had been dumped on it, but after weeding and cleaning the bedding I discovered a massive amount of snails at the bottom of the trunk and small and large snails sucked onto the leaves. I've deduced that this is why the discoloring. Questions:

A) How do I get rid of those in a natural way, if in fact, you agree that those are causing the problem?

B) Should I trim off those dead looking leaves (new leaves are growing around them) I've attached a pict of the discolored leaves.


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  1. I've grown that lemongrass before. I don't believe what you've pictured is the type that produces the lemongrass stalks, but you can use the leaves for tea. Beware this plant. Do not let it go to seed. As soon as you see flower heads cut the plant back else you will soon be growing little else.

    Here's a link that shows the difference between two types:

    Can't offer any help on the citrus tree problem, sorry!

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    1. re: janniecooks

      Interesting, I could have swore I saw some stalks in there. I will look closer and pull some up.

    2. snails - if you are in CA the large garden snails were brought by Basque shepherds and later went wild, if you want, gather them, keep them in a well-shaded screened cage or if indoors a well vented covered washtub. feed them on lettuce, greens, garlic, fennel (grows wild along the arid coast), rosemary etc. for a couple of weeks (cleans out their systems and flavors them a bit) and do like the Basques, fire up the BBQ, put a fine mesh grill on top, place them open side-up and slather in olive oil (but an adjustable fish grill-basket might work better to keep them in position).

      I suppose you could broil them indoors in muffin tins in this manner. either way you'd want tiny little forks even after they release from the shell.

      4 Replies
      1. re: hill food

        LOL -- only on Chowhound would the remedy be "eat them"

        1. re: sunshine842

          Oh, please. How are you surprised about this? :P

          1. re: bumblecat

            not surprised at all -- stating that only on the Chowhound would the remedy be "eat them"

        2. re: hill food

          Although I've had escargot many times, I doubt I will be sauteing these bad boys in garlic and butter. I would however like them off my citrus tree! :-)

        3. I'd go with Tanglefoot for the snails. While it's promoted for ants which harvest aphid honeydue, works well to keep snails at bay.

          1. Pick out the dead stuff. Be careful. The edges are sharp.

            You can use those stalks for cooking but they can be tough. Put them in whatever you cook and remove like you would a bay leaf.

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            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              I have since used the stalks to cook with several times and have done just as you said. Very great lemongrass flavor I am so happy that bush is in the yard. I have also used the leaves for tea. Also great.

            2. Get a big bag of food-grade diatomaceous earth and lay a thick layer around the bottom of the tree. Reapply as necessary to keep a thick dry layer around the tree. the DE is microscopically sharp-edged and will desiccate the snails and slugs. i'm assuming they have to climb down and go to ground eventually.

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              1. re: EWSflash

                I've never heard of DE, will investigate as that sounds like just what I need.