|Latin name:||Thymus citriodorus 'Sambesi'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||July - September|
|Growing Height:||20 - 30 cm|
Water your lemon thyme a.s.a.p upon receipt. Then you have a couple of options. Keep the pot indoors for a while and later move it outside onto the patio or decking, as it is or in an ornamental pot. Or, you could just plant it straight into the herb garden or border.
Make your own herb garden
Kitchen herbs also grow well when planted directly in the garden. Plant them in a well-drained spot in full sun or part shade. Improve poor garden soil with a mix of compost and peat. These herbs will look great in a cottage garden too: this is an area edged with a single row of 'box' – a true old-fashioned herb garden - just like in the old days!
Water extra in dry periods. Lemon thyme flowers from July to September with white to lilac flowers. Plant lemon thyme in a (partly) sunny spot in free draining soil. The scent and flavour of thyme will be at its strongest when grown in a sunny spot.
Herbs on your patio or decking
Potted herbs can go outdoors too. Lemon thyme will thank you for a sunny spot.
Tip for your convenience: Put the pots near the kitchen door and you'll always have your herbs handy when cooking.
Pick from June - November
Pick your lemon thyme from June right into autumn. Lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) leaves should be simply snipped off as and when you need them. You can even harvest and use the flowers! To make a nice pot of tea, use a whole sprig. Leave the centre of the plant alone when harvesting. You can harvest by using either a pair of scissors or a sharp knife. By hand, hold the woody stem in one hand while your swoosh the leaves off with the other. Don't take too much from just the one plant and be careful not to uproot it when pulling anything off. As long as the plant continues to produce new leaves, you can continue to pick them. If you do it this way, you should be able to pick from a plant for months on end!
Lemon thyme grows wild in coastal regions of the Med. Thyme or kitchen thyme has been used for over 2000 years in various cultures. It has been present in the herb gardens of monasteries and convents for many hundreds of years. The many varieties growing around the Med. cross-pollinate which continually creates new varieties, with new scents. Lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) is classified under Labiatae or Lamiaceae (either is permitted). Grows naturally in drier soils. Lemon thyme is actually evergreen and a perennial that grows into a miniature bush. The plant can be affected by frost above ground, but will usually come back strong again in the spring. This plant will spread but is not invasive. Flowers in the summer with white to lilac-pink flowers that produce a lot of nectar. Thymus citriodorus is therefore a popular plant for bees and beekeepers.