What You Need to Know About the Lemon Thyme – Labiatae Thymus x Citriordorus

A twiggy, upright shrub, lemon thyme forms a compact cushion of masses of oval leaves and pale purple flowers up to 30cm (12in) high. When crushed, the leaves give off a sharp lemon scent and have a warming flavor.

Size: Given under individual species.

Light: At least six hours of direct sun­light every day.

Temperature: Warm room; 60—70°F (15—21°C).

Moisture: Keep moist at all times.

Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring, once a month in summer.

Propagation: Sow basil and parsley; take cuttings of bay and mint; sow, divide roots, or layer thyme.

Special needs: Basil arid thyme enjoy lots of direct sunlight, while chives and parsley like a bright position but a cooler atmosphere of about 60°F (15°C). Mint does not like hot sun at noon, and needs cool, moist soil. Turn the plants daily indoors to prevent them from becoming one-sided. These herbs enjoy fresh air, but should be kept out of drafts.