Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Lemon scented leaves are used in many herbal preparations and to make a delicious tea. Plants reach 24″ tall and spread very easily. Easy-to-grow by direct seed or transplant. Full sun to partial shade. Perennial. (0.1 Gram Packet)
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$2.95

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Product Description

Average Seed / oz Seed / 100′ Row Average Yield / 100′ Row Days to Harvest
41600 n/a n/a 65-75
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 65-80°F Full/Part Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Direct Seed surface 4-6″ 180
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
18-24″ 10-20 Perennial 2-3 years

Bed Preparation

Lemon Balm is a perennial that can be grown in a variety of soils but prefers moist, well-drained loam with a pH between 4.5 and 7.6. Choose a site with full sun to partial shade.

Planting

Seeds germinate best if cold stratified for one week prior to planting. Seeds can be started indoors or direct sow outdoors in spring after the danger of frost has passed. Sow seeds 4-6" apart on soil surface and press lightly to settle. Seeds will sprout in 10-20 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 18-24" apart.

Keep adequately moist for first year until plants become well established. Drought tolerant once established.

Harvest

Harvest anytime during the growing season. Harvest plant parts by cutting above ground parts, which quickly regrow giving you multiple harvests in a season.

Storage

Parts can be used fresh or dry. Store dried plants in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.

Seed Saving

Lemon Balm seed matures in summer/fall. Plants spread readily by seed. Seed is ready to harvest when the flowers have dried brown and seeds are black. Store seeds in a cool, dry place.

Additional Information

Weight 1 g
Size

0.1 grams – Packet

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