October 23, 2012
October 23, 2012
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I have a lemon verbena plant that I thought had died due to the bark getting all brown. However, I left the plant in the pot and it’s now started to grow new leaves, both on the brown stems and a new one. Should I remove the brown stems in spite of the fact that they are growing leaves? I don’t want to kill the plant, but I’m not sure the brown stems are the right thing to have. Would a new plant grow from the green stems that are growing at the base?
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Lemon verbena responds to pruning by producing new leaves at the whorl immediately below the cut rather than along the entire stem. As a result, this shrub can grow leggy. It requires regular pruning throughout the year to increase leaf production. Snip off leggy stems just above a leaf whorl.
They do tend to like warm climates, as the cold will quickly kill them. Also, they like quite a bit of water, but just as any plant, they will contract an infection in oversaturated water.
In the meantime, this article will help you with the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/lemon-verbena/tips-for-growing-lemon-verbena-herb-in-the-garden.htm
The plant looks more like lemon verbena than a tropical cedron tree. The small balls are probably leaf galls, abnormal growths caused by insects, mites, fungi, etc. Control is not necessary as they rarely affect plant health.
The brown edges could indicate lack of water. Be sure you are watering deeply when you water.
The holes may indicate a chewing insect so try a strong stream of water, horticultural soaps or neem oil to eradicate the pest.