The Q&A Archives: Lippia Propagation

Question: I recently bought a Lippia dulcis. Is it possible to save the seeds this fall and grow this herb next spring? If not, how are they propagated?

Answer: Lippia (Aloysia triphylla) is also called Lemon Verbena. It's a shrubby herb, prized for its lemon-scented leaves. These plants are "tender perennials." If your climate will permit it (no frosts) you may plant directly in the garden. Give it plenty of room - in one season, Lemon Verbena will become a small shrub, 2 - 3 feet in diameter at the top, and 3 - 4 feet tall. It loves hot and sunny conditions, but should be watered along with your other garden plants.
If you wish to bring it into the house next fall, plant in an 8" terracotta pot - using good potting soil, not garden dirt - and sinking the pot right up to the rim in the garden. Two or three weeks before your expected first frost, pull up the pots, wash off the dirt, and gradually acclimatize it to its winter home. You can propagate through cuttings or through seeds.

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