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Herbs: Help! Lemon Verbena

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mezoe
Seward, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 27, 2010
8:31 PM

Post #7835095

I just transplanted some lemon verbena from 3 inch pots to 8 inch pots.
The plants were very healthy when I bought them and a nice green, fantastic lemon scent.
Now today I see that the leaves feel like they are drying up.
They have been watered and are in full sun.
The potting soil was new miraclegro. Did I do something wrong?
What do I need to do to revive them?

Thank you for your help.
herbalbetty
Middleburgh, NY

May 28, 2010
5:04 AM

Post #7835556

Sometimes, lemon verbena hates being moved from one place to another. It will go into sulking mode and lose its leaves. This happens to my plant when I bring it inside for the winter. Don't lose hope yet. Usually, given a little time (like a week or so), the lemon verbena will put out new leaves. Good luck!
edgeoftheworld
Conneaut, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2010
5:47 PM

Post #7837665

It is a hardy plant.I have had mine for years.A few times I thought it was dying.It always springs back and puts out new growth.Edge
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 28, 2010
5:50 PM

Post #7837679

Edge ~ do you offer winter protection?
edgeoftheworld
Conneaut, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2010
5:56 PM

Post #7837698

Pod,I keep it in a pot.I keep it in my unheated sunroom in winter.It goes totally dormant.All the leaves fall off.It looks pretty dead all winter. I prune it back.Always comes back to life in the spring.Edge
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 28, 2010
6:47 PM

Post #7837911

And that is good to know... thanks! I've made lemon verbena jelly with fresh leaves and used it in teas. Now I wonder if you could use the leaves after they drop.
mezoe
Seward, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2010
2:22 PM

Post #7843251

This winter I could put the pots of them in my basement. It is heated but I wonder if they would so OK like that any way or should I just bring them in and put them in sun light?
mwhit
Tiffin, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2010
7:01 PM

Post #7844011

mezoe, I have a lemon verbena that I put in our unheated basement under florescent lights on a timer. I water it sparingly, prune it back a little in spring and put it outside for the summer in the herb garden (full sun). I do the same with a small bay tree, a lemon tree and my rosemary. The rosemary is pretty iffy-some years it does OK some years it doesn't make it.The others all do fine. We are zone 5. MW
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 31, 2010
6:38 AM

Post #7845165

I was able to keep mine going all winter in southern window, leaves and all. I was expecting the leaves to drop but they never did.

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