Plant Care lemon verbena

lemon verbena

About lemon verbena

lemon verbena is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

lemon verbena likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

lemon verbena belongs to the Aloysia genus, and is native to Bolivia to Northwestern Argentina.

⚠️ lemon verbena is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Aloysia citrodora
Aloysia
Verbenaceae
Lamiales

Also known as

lemon verbena, lemon beebrush, Aloysia citriodora and Aloysia triphylla

How to care for lemon verbena

💦 Water

How often to water your lemon verbena

Water needs for lemon verbena
0.5 cups
every 9

lemon verbena needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of lemon verbena

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for lemon verbena in your home

Light needs and placement for plant lemon verbena: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

lemon verbena love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

lemon verbena does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of lemon verbena in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize lemon verbena

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for lemon verbena: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your lemon verbena after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

lemon verbena is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing lemon verbena →

Common lemon verbena Problems →


💦 Water Needs

lemon verbena prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

lemon verbena Water Frequency →

lemon verbena Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

lemon verbena requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

lemon verbena Light Requirements →

lemon verbena Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

lemon verbena is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


🪴 Soil

lemon verbena does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot lemon verbena →


💩 Fertilizer

lemon verbena is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
lemon verbena can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

lemon verbena Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for lemon verbena

lemon verbena

lemon verbena


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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