|October 10, 2009-Probably Just Dug This Up and Brought It Inside|
|April 20, 2010--Ready to Go Back Into the Herb Garden in About One Month|
|January 4, 2011--Showing Signs of Life|
|January 29, 2011--Starting to Put On More Leaves|
|December 28, 2011--Two Different Lemon Verbenas Both with Leaves-Not Usual|
|November 4, 2014--This One Has Started to Drop Its Leaves! A Good Thing!|
The photos above give you some idea with the dates how our lemon verbenas look during the indoor season. The Herbal Husband works to keep the leaves on the plant, but sometimes it is better just to cut the plant back and give it a chance to go dormant. The January 2011 looks are the year I finally got The Herbal Husband to cut back the lemon verbena in December if it hasn't lost its leaves by then and early in January or February once the days start to lengthen, the leaves will start popping out. My plant we brought this year is more sparse than usual.
So Pamela, I would cut your lemon verbena back and use the leaves for tea or potpourri. That will give it a chance to go dormant and get ready for next season. We put ours in the basement with lights, a south facing window or western facing window. Any of these locations will work. We also don't have the greatest windows. They are drafty and the plants do just fine. The Herbal Husband waters ours every three to five days, but you need to use your finger to measure how damp the soil is. You can't neglect watering it is very important to keep the roots viable and the plant living. All those sticks may not look like anything now, but in February or March you will have a beautiful plant again. Hope this information has been helpful.
So to recap:
Don't too worried when your lemon verbena starts losing leaves after coming inside for the winter. It is trying to go dormant.
If you have leaves hanging on into December, just cut your plant back to a foot or so. You can also just manually take off the leaves without trimming it back. Just so the leaves are gone.
If you keep the plant watered regularly, you will be rewarded in January or February as the day length gets longer with new leaves.
By April if you are further south, May or June, you will be able to plant it back outside after danger of frost.
Please ask more questions if you have them. I'm always willing to answer your herbal questions.
There has been some frost in the garden. So we are just getting the last of the plants cut to dry. Hope you are having a great day! Talk to you later.