What herbs smell of lemon
Among the herbs are many varieties with citrus aroma. Fragrant plants will create a cheerful atmosphere in your favorite garden and open up new opportunities for culinary feats.
Lemon flavor has a refreshing effect, relaxes and gives a feeling of carelessness - what the doctor prescribed for a full-fledged leisure!
You will fully appreciate this healing effect by filling a corner in a garden bed or in a flower garden with representatives of the flora with lemon spirit. Such "fresheners" among plants are not so little, and they look very decorative.
Like most spicy herbs, our heroes prefer a sunny place and a water-permeable soil with a weakly acidic or neutral reaction. In a pot, it is better to grow them in a special substrate for spicy herbs or, alternatively, in the soil for seedling.
You can also prepare yourself a mixture of sifted garden soil, coarse sand and mature compost, taken in equal parts.
The pure lemon scent conquers three-leaved aloe, or lemon verbena (Aloysia thryphylla). Its narrow leaves contain so many essential oils that it is light enough to touch, so that the air is filled with a strong smell. By its intensity it surpasses the aroma of other "lemon" herbs.
In Mediterranean spicy herbs, such as thyme lemon-smelling and lemon variety of mountain chaiber, citrus note is not the main one, but harmoniously complemented by a bright tart or sweet aroma. Accordingly, this greens pampered with a whole bunch of smells.
By the way, to assess the dignity of "citrus pets" without showing tenderness to them will not work - not only lemon verbena, but pelargonium and thyme secrete essential oils only if you rub the leaves between your fingers or even just touch them.
In the kitchen, all the above mentioned plants can be used in dishes that welcome the citrus note without acid prototype, for example in sauces, soups, salads, fish dishes and desserts.
Reproduction by cuttings
Spicy herbs whose shoots are lignified at the base, for example savory, mint, lemon balm and thyme, can easily be propagated by apical cuttings.
To do this, you need shoots of about 10 cm length, on which buds have not yet appeared.
In species with large leaves, for example, in lemon verbena (pictured), the remaining leaves should be cut halfway to reduce evaporation. Fill the pots with a seedling substrate or a mixture of sand and compost in equal parts.
Insert the apical shoots to the depth of approx. 5 cm, compact the ground around the cuttings, pour in and further watch that the substrate does not dry out. When the cuttings take root and give young shoots, they can be placed in separate pots.
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