Aromatics

Lemon thyme: a scent of lemongrass


Lemon thyme is both a beautiful little perennial and a wonderful aromatic plant.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Thymus x citriodorus
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Condiment plant

Height
: 20 to 40 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Lightweight, well drained

Foliage : Persistent -Flowering : spring -Harvest : All year

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Its lilac bloom and evergreen foliage make it a decorative plant all year round.

Planting lemon thyme

Planting lemon thyme bought in a pot:

The best time to plant your lemongrass thyme remains autumn.

If you buy a young plant directly, the planting will also be done in spring and preferably in light, well-drained soil.

Lemon thyme seedlings:

For sowing, a seedlings in the nursery in spring.

You will be able implement 5 to 6 weeks after emergence

Multiplication of lemon thyme:

You can multiply the thyme by division of the tuft In early spring.

Pruning and caring for lemon thyme

You can cut the lemon thyme branches you need throughout the year.

It is better to cut on wood of the year to stimulate the emergence of new shoots.

It is therefore necessary to select the young plants and the pick in the morning to preserve the aroma before the sun breaks through.

  • Remove them dead branches In early spring.

Maintenance side, do not hesitate to clean the foot of the lemon thyme to avoid the presence of weeds.

For keep a compact shape, wait for the end of flowering to gently trim.

Storage of lemon thyme

There are 2 methods, either to to dry, or put them in the freezer.

In the first case, install your branches in a dry and ventilated place until completely dry. Then we can keep them in a jar for several months.

Freezing offers the advantage of keep all their scent and also allows to keep thyme for several months.

To know about lemon thyme

Lemon thyme is a small shrub with foliage that has the advantage of remaining very decorative all year round. It takes its name from its citronella-like fragrance.

It is used particularly in herbal tea but also in cooking to flavor sauces and the soups.

Native to the Mediterranean basin, lemon thyme is very flavorful and is particularly suitable for grilling meat and fish.

It is a fairly hardy plant that resists very well subzero temperatures as well as disease. His leaves are wider and rounder than those of common thyme.

Lemon thyme whose Latin name, thymus officinalis, indicates that it has medicinal properties, in fact it promotes the digestion and calm the body.

Smart tip

No need to water, thyme will be perfectly satisfied with poor and dry land, and it also grows naturally in rather arid areas.


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