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MELISSA OFFICINALIS

Description

This pretty mint relative is also called “Lemon Balm”. Aromatic, spikes of small white flowers, loved by bees, arise above lemon scented foliage. Plant it where you can brush against it and enjoy the perfume, or pick it to make lemon tea or add to soups, sauces or salad-dressings. The large, lemon scented green leaves are also excellent for flavouring salads, summer drinks, stuffings, poultry and fish. Well known for its medicinal value, the leaves can be infused with honey and water to energise, revive and calm the nerves. It really is quite a useful plant overall!

Sowing Advice

For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.

MELISSA OFFICINALIS SEEDS (Lemon Balm, Citronella, Lemongrass) – Plant World Seeds. This pretty mint relative is also called "Lemon Balm". Aromatic, spikes of small white flowers, loved by bees, arise above lemon scented foliage. Plant it where you can brush against it and enjoy the perfume, or pick it to make lemon tea or add to soups, sauces or salad-dressings. The large, lemon scented green leaves are also excellent for flavouring salads, summer drinks, stuffings, poultry and fish. Well known for its medicinal value, the leaves can be infused with honey and water to energise, revive and calm the nerves. It really is quite a useful plant overall!

Lemon Balm Herb Seeds (Melissa officinalis)

Packet of 500 Seeds

Regular price $3.65

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Single Packet of 500 Seeds

Grow a garden filled with the aromatic Lemon Balm herb, from freshly harvested Melissa officinalis seeds. Lemon Balm is a highly sought after herb, used mainly for its leaves. The leaves can be consumed in salads or crushed up and added to many teas as well. The plants grow to a mature height of roughly 12 to 24 inches tall, and spread 12 to 18 inches wide. Lemon Balm plants will produce small white flowers, during the summer months. These flowers can Attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and even hummingbirds as well.

Lemon Balm is categorized as a perennial flowering herb, which produces year after year. The plants grow quickly in the first season, establishing a deep root system to later return after the killing frost has passed. Flowers for the Lemon Balm herb may not appear until the second successful growing season.

Quick Facts

  • Type: Herb
  • Season: Perennial
  • Heirloom: Yes
  • Color: Green Leaves
  • Height: 12″ to 24″ Tall
  • Width: 12″ to 18″ Spread
  • Harvest: 70 Days
  • Uses: Culinary / Medicinal
  • Environment: Full Sunlight

Sowing The Seed

Lemon Balm can be grown indoors or directly outdoors. If started indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow the seeds at a depth of 1/16” under topsoil so that direct light can reach them. Transplant or direct sow outdoors when the weather is warm & all danger of frost passes. Check below for spacing and growth habits.

Growing Conditions

Lemon Balm will enjoy an area that receives full sunlight for the majority of the day, with temperatures of at least 65F or more. The soil should be rich in organic matter, but also well drained. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to any areas that consist of hard, compact soil. Water the seeds daily with a mist setting or other light water setting to avoid overwatering the seeds.

Germination & Growth

Your Lemon Balm will typically take 7 to 14 days to germinate. The plants will grow to a mature height of about 12 to 24 inches tall and spread anywhere between 12 to 18 inches wide. Space each plant roughly 6 to 12 inches apart from one another. Harvest fresh leaves for many culinary uses. Their lemony flavored leaves can be added to stews, soups & salads, and are also popularly used in many teas as well.

Grow a garden filled with the aromatic Lemon Balm herb, from freshly harvested Melissa officinalis seeds. Lemon Balm is a highly sought after herb, used mainly for it's leaves. The leaves can be consumed in salads or crushed up and added to many teas as well. The plants grow to a mature height of roughly 12 to 24 inches tall, and spread 12 to 18 inches wide. Lemon Balm plants will produce small white flowers, during the summer months. These flowers can Attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and even hummingbirds as well.