LEMON BALM SEEDS
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 inch tall plants. Winter hardy to zone 4.
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-feet tall. Winter hardy to zone 4.
How to Plant Lemon Balm Seeds
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 inches apart. Thin lemon balm seedlings to 1 foot apart.
Growing 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, cut entire plant back to 2 inches tall. Optimum flavor is found when lemon balm is used fresh. For tea, both leaves and stems can be dried.