Are you growing lemon verbena in Ohio, but don’t know when the best time to harvest them is?
Harvesting lemon verbena is not as easy as it seems.
- Lemon Verbena has a very short window when it can be harvested and still taste great.
So if you harvest them too early they may not be ready and taste bad. And if you harvest them too late they may become infected with mold, fungus, insects, etc., and become inedible.
Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to harvest lemon verbena in Ohio:
- To Learn More About HOW to Grow Lemon Verbena, Check Out This GUIDE!
When Do I Harvest Lemon Verbena in Ohio?
As you may have already guessed, there are two main factors that determine when you should harvest your Lemon Verbena: the physical features of the lemon verbena & weather (time).
Harvest Lemon Verbena if They Look Like This!!!
The physical features of lemon verbena are what most gardeners commonly rely on to determine if they are ready to be picked off the plant or not.
In general, you should harvest lemon verbena if they have the following physical features:
- The leaves of lemon verbena are long, slightly skinny, and light green in color and are at least 6 inches long.
Harvest Your Lemon Verbena during THIS Time of Year!!!
In general, you should harvest lemon verbena:
- 90 days after starting lemon verbena seed
- Immediately after planting lemon verbena in your garden
And no matter what, you should ALWAYS harvest your lemon verbena before the first frost of the year. Frost will immediately kill your lemon verbena plant and make your lemon verbena inedible.
For your reference, I have created this table for average frost dates for most major cities in Ohio. If your city is not listed below you can find its Last & First Frost Dates HERE.
Ohio Last & First Frost Dates
It should be noted that you should not overly rely on the first frost of the year. The average first frost of the year is only correct 30% of the time.
Instead, pay close attention to your local weather.
When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.
- If lemon verbena are in pots, bring them inside
- If lemon verbena is in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive
- Pick all lemon verbena.
If you want to learn WHEN to harvest ANY Vegetable in Ohio, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.