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Are kaffir lime plants illegal in the US? (grow your own lemongrass!)


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Are kaffir lime plants illegal in the US? (grow your own lemongrass!)

Uncledave | Aug 19, 2001 11:53 AM

I want to grow one in a pot next to my lemongrass

Whenever I've asked Thai grocers or asian florists if they knew where I can get a kaffir lime plant, they say "no", turn their heads and put their hands in the air like a celebrity dodging the papparazzi.

Anyone know the deal?

I can find kaffir lime leaves no problem (though they are rarely as fresh as I'd like). Long shot, but does anyone know if it's possible to propagate a kaffir lime plant from a leaf, as I know one can do with certain plants? (here come the stem cell jokes :)

btw, if you like to cook Thai, grow your own lemongrass. It grows very well with minimal worries and you won't pay $5 for a few stalks every time you need it. Just shove a fresh stalk bought at the grocer in some potting soil, put it near a window in your kitchen and it will keep you happy for a long time. Plus, you can use the tender upper leaves that the grocer trimms off. The aroma and taste of freshly-slaughtered lemongrass is incomparable!!


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