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Lemon Balm

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Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a strongly lemon scented herb from the mint family. Use the leaves in tea, sauces and salads. Easy to grow perennial. More details below.



Growing Lemon Balm from Seed

  • Sow in late spring to late summer.
  • Barely cover the seeds with a sprinkling of soil as they need light to germinate. Germination takes 12 to 21 days.
  • Growing Indoors: As an indoor potted herb, lemon balm can provide its fresh, light aroma to your home year round. Keep it in a sunny location. Needs regular watering.
  • Cultivation: Likes full sun. Over fertilizing will cause large but less flavourful leaves.Lemon balm responds well to cutting, growing back twice as thick. Whenever your plant is looking tired due to drought, hail, insects, orother stress, just cut it back and let it rejuvenate itself with fresh, new growth.
  • Will bloom toward the end of the season. Lemon balm is quite prolific, as a member of the mint family; it will spread unless kept in check and therefore is ideal in a container garden or in a pot sunken into the soil. The key to keeping this plant in great shape and to prevent it from seeding all over is to cut it back before the small insignificant flowers produce seeds.
  • 500 seeds Cert. Org. (GB-ORG-6).
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