Lemon Verbena herb starter plant
Lemon Verbena plants is ideal for anyone who loves plants for cooking or refreshing teas. The leaves of this plant have a stunning lemon sherbet scent and flavour.
The leaves can be used to make a tea as well as in cooking. The plant is happy to be grown as a house plant as well as outside. If grown outside they may need some protection over the winter in colder areas of the UK. Lemon Verbena grow up to around 1m in height with a spread for around 80cm.
Is this plant "garden ready"
Maybe, we prefer our plug plants (also known as starter plants) to be potted up before going into the garden. The ideal size is a 9 cm pot, but it can be slightly smaller or larger if you would prefer. In the warmer months you may get away with planting straight out, but it is probably not worth the risk.
What compost should I use?
A good quality multipurpose compost is idea for this. You can use your own compost but make sure you know that it is not too high (or low) in nutrients.
Is Lemon Verbena a hardy perennial?
Yes, it is, it does like a sheltered spot in the winter. If you can bring it into a cold greenhouse or an area of your garden that is protected from frost that would be perfect. Be aware over the years we have had a lot of people throw away a very good Lemon Verbena plant that they feel has died over the winter. The plant tends to take a long time to sprout in the spring so give it time.