LEMON BALM SEEDS
CITRONELLA Lemon Balm
This is the most fragrant variety available with an essential oil content up to .4%. Fresh or dried leaves are made into a wonderful calming lemon-scented tea (sweeten with honey). Fresh leaves can be used to give a lemony tang to salads and drinks. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Compact, mildew resistant 10-12 inch plants. Winter hardy to zone 4.
QUEDLINBURGER NIEDERLIEGENDE Lemon Balm
Higher essential oil content (.2%), higher yields, and better winter hardiness than common lemon balm. Fresh or dried leaves are made into a wonderful calming, lemon-scented tea (sweeten with honey) used to treat stress, indigestion and headaches. Fresh leaves give a lemony tang to salads and drinks. White, nectar rich flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Grows to 2-feet tall. Winter hardy to zone 4.
How to Plant Lemon Balm Seeds
Sow seed in flats or cell packs, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65-75°F., germination is in 7-21 days. Or, direct sow in spring or early fall one seed per inch, in rows 18-24 inches apart. Thin to 1 foot apart.
Comments: Full sun or partial shade. Prefers fertile soil with regular water, will tolerate poor, dry soils. For best fragrance, harvest before plants flower, cutting entire plant back to 2 inches tall. Optimum flavor when used fresh. For tea, both leaves and stems can be dried.