LEMON BALM SEEDS

Melissa officinalis

How to plant Lemon Balm seeds

Citronella lemon balm. HR00065

CITRONELLA Lemon Balm

Citronella is the most fragrant lemon balm available, the essential oil content is up to .4%. Fresh or dried, leaves make a wonderful, calming, lemon-scented tea (sweeten with honey). Fresh leaves give a lemony tang to salads and drinks. Flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Citronella lemon balm forms compact, mildew resistant, 10-12″ tall plants. Winter hardy to zone 4.

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Quedlinburger Niederliegende lemon balm HR00067

QUEDLINBURGER NIEDERLIEGENDE Lemon Balm

Quedlinburger Niederliegende lemon balm has a higher essential oil content (.2%), higher yields, and better winter hardiness compared to common lemon balm. A calming, tasty, lemon-scented tea is made from fresh or dried leaves, used to treat stress, indigestion, and headaches. Salads and drinks gain a lemony tang when lemon balm is added. The white, nectar rich flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Quedlinburger Niederliegende lemon balm plants grow to 2′ tall. Winter hardy to zone 4.

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How to Plant Lemon Balm Seeds

Plant lemon balm: Sow lemon balm seed in flats or cell packs, press into soil, do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65-75°F., germination is in 7-21 days. Or, direct sow lemon balm in spring or early fall, one seed per inch, in rows 18-24″ apart. Thin lemon balm seedlings to 1′ apart.

Grow lemon balm: Full sun or partial shade. Lemon balm prefers fertile soil, regular water. Will tolerate poor, dry soils. For best fragrance, harvest foliage before plants bloom by cutting entire plant back to 2″ tall. Optimum flavor is found when lemon balm is used fresh. For tea, both leaves and stems can be dried.

Links to growing and cooking with lemon balm, including a recipe for strawberry and lemon balm whipped cream parfaits.